...USM Haller A Fritz; A Ball; A System Within the diaries of Heidi, those central documents in the re-telling of the earliest (hi)story of the contemporary Switzerland, it is recorded that one of the oldest examples of vernacular Swiss furniture is the modular metal storage system of the Usm...
Important Information: This unit type is particularly bulky/heavy. Only in exceptional cases, where the local conditions on site allow it, it can be delivered fully assembled. If this is not possible, it will be delivered partially assembled and the final assembly undertaken on site. This service is only bookable in Germany for an additional charge (149, - EUR basic price + 2% of the value of goods). If you decide to have the object delivered completely assembled by standard delivery service, please pay close attention to the weight of the object
|Overall: H 154 x L 228 x D 103 cm
Ball centre to ball centre: H 150 + 4 x L 225 x D 50 (+ 50) cm
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|Panels: Metal, powder coated
Structure: Steel, chrome plated
Ball: Brass, chrome plated
|Function & properties
|The USM clothes rack can be used from both sides and is thus also suitable as a room divider.
- Upper compartment, small
- Medium compartment, small, illuminated
- Lower compartment at the back, small, open from the back
- Attachment with front support profile (open/accessible from right)
- Upper compartment, large, with clothes rail and lighting
- Lower compartment, small, with lighting
- 2 perforated partitions between middle and right axis
- Upper 2 compartments, large, with lighting and shelves
- Lower compartment, small, open/accessible from the side
LED compartment lighting, each with 3 integrated USM Haller E-elements in the front tube (compartment illumination at a 25° angle)
Power supply via USM Haller E-supply (via middle lower compartment) including foot switch/dimmer (transforms the mains voltage to 24 volts, power 60 watts)
|Chrome plated, powder coated and glass elements should be cleaned with a damp, light cloth and subsequently dried.
Stubborn stains can be cleaned with glass cleaner or water mixed with ethanol in a ratio of 10:1
Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 1,6 MB).
|Permanent collection MoMA, New York
|Inflammable class 1 (DIN 4102)
GREENGUARD - Indoor Air Quality
LEED "Green Directive"
|USM Haller Clothes Racks
|Click for more information on the Haller E system (pdf ca. 2,9 MB)
With the USM modular furniture system, a wide range of furniture typologies can be constructed from just three basic elements: metal tubes form the skeletal framework, chrome plated brass balls act as connection points while metal and glass elements serve as shelving and cladding. The spectrum of possible objects ranges from simple shelving , such as the popular USM Haller sideboards, to tables and mobile containers, and on to contemporary wardrobes. And the classic USM Haller now comes with a whole new dynamic: thanks to the further development of the ball, connector and tube, a flow of electrical current can now be integrated into USM furniture structure to supply power to lighting and USB ports. Yet when switched off, these are virtually invisible. The revolutionary power supply offers amazingly diverse application possibilities - from the targeted lighting of a piece of furniture over the lighting of the room to the practical USB charger for mobile devices. The design possibilities with USM Haller and its modular light modules are as individual as the requirements and needs of today.
The architect Fritz Haller was born in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1924 and designed numerous functionalist buildings, such as schools, workshops and office buildings. In 1961, then USM CEO Paul Schärer commissioned Fritz Haller with the construction of new manufacturing and administration buildings, for which the architect subsequently designed the USM office furniture as a complementing interior design. Haller's only furniture design it has also become his most famous work. As an architect and furniture designer Haller developed a deep understanding of systematization and its precise implementation by means of modular building blocks. The USM modular shelving system has been awarded numerous prizes and in 2001 was added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fritz Haller died in 2012 in Switzerland.
USM can look back on a long history. Founded in 1885 by Paul Schärer's grandfather as a hardware store and locksmith, the company developed from a metal factory to a modern industrial enterprise in the early sixties under the direction of Paul Schärer. The development of the USM Haller furniture system in 1963 was to have a decisive influence on the history of the company, and for all from 1969 onwards when it entered serial production. Today, USM sells the furniture system, which has been copyrighted since 1988 and is part of MoMA New York's collection, in showrooms from Japan to New York. In 1992, the production of window closures was discontinued, and the company now focuses exclusively on the production and further development of the USM furniture assortment, which today also includes accessories such as the classic USM sideboards, roll containers and tables, as well as USM Inos Boxes.
DThe USM furniture system is manufactured in Münsingen in Switzerland and assembled for the German market in Leipzig. The USM Haller console table, as with the USM sideboards and many other other USM shelving systems, is composed o of chrome plated metal tubes that form the skeletal framework, small chrome plated balls which connect the tubes, and metal shelves/cladding. The shelves are powder coated in 14 different colours. When it comes to sustainability, USM relies above all on durable products: after all, if high-quality furniture, which is also extremely adaptable, theoretically does not have to be replaced by newer ones, resources for the production of new furniture are automatically saved. In addition, USM's production process places value on a careful and low-emission use of resources.
Whoever attempts to place the USM Haller wardrobes in furniture history, inevitably stumbles across the famous Louis Sullivan quote "Form follows function." As early as 1896, the American high-rise architect explained his idea of the design of an objects: much misunderstood over the following decades as a call to plain or purely functional architecture, it is much more about making the form of an object dependent on its function. The USM modular furniture system, which offers individual solutions for office and residential facilities, meets this requirement. Another typical feature of 1960s functionalist objects is their timeless design. Thanks to USM Haller's clear lines, the furniture continues to enjoy great popularity to this day and in many different areas.
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...Developed in the mid-1960s as an office furniture system, the inherent flexibility and variability of USM Haller's modular system has allowed it to naturally evolve alongside office practices and realities; for example, alongside the shift in recent decades from rigid to more flexible office scenographies, alongside the rise in recent decades of home working, or, most recently, with the USM Security Screen which naturally, and quickly, allows any existing USM reception desk to be effortlessly updated and reinvented for our Corona age... A landscape USM Haller quickly inhabited and where over the decades the inherent flexibility and variability of its modular system has seen it naturally adapt to the ever evolving realities of domestic life: the domestic life of both the private individual with all its personal fluctuations, high, lows and unpredictability, but also of communal society and, for example, its ever increasing collective networked, digital structure...
...With the showcase USM Haller HomeWork smow Cologne consider responses to such evolutions with the assistance of the USM Haller modular furniture system... For all that USM Haller is a modular furniture system it is fundamentally a modular architecture system...
...Staged under the title "Ambassadors of Creative Innovation" the Swiss Embassy 3daysofdesign 2019 showcase presented works from established Swiss brands such as Vitra, USM Haller, Création Baumann, Caran d'Ache or Laufen, who presented their new SAVE urine directing toilet concept realised in conjunction with Vienna based studio EOOS and Eawag, the aquatic research institute at the ETH Zürich; younger brands such as Viu eyewear or Zürich based Qwstion with their bags crafted from Bananatex, a textile made from, well, banana plants, not yet Zürcher Bananas, but if we're not all careful it may only be a matter of time, and no-one wants that; and students from the Architecture and Wood & Civil Engineering departments at the Berner Fachhochschule, who, in inter-disciplinary teams of two, considered under the title "Furniture for a Pop-up Embassy", representative, temporary, variable, momentary furniture...
...To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Haller and Paul Schärer's USM Haller modular furniture system USM instigated a series of masterclasses in which students at seven international design schools were paired with a mentor and asked to "Rethink the Modular" and for all to "consider the significance of modularity in architecture and design" and so "exploit the idea of modularity for contemporary design"... In addition to presenting some truly magnificent works from the likes of Volker Albus, Ettore Sottsass or Hans Hollein Relation also featured a more detailed exploration of Fritz Haller's oeuvre than you are likely to find outwith a dedicated Haller exhibition: and a showcase which delightfully elucidated how much more Fritz Haller is and was than his modular furniture system, makes as such perfectly clear what a travesty it is that he is largely only known for his modular furniture system and so by extrapolation underscores why Rethink the Modular is as much a tribute to Fritz Haller as a celebration of system USM Haller: modular is a way of thinking...
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