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Versatile Modular Storage Furniture

USM Modular Furniture is a renowned Swiss manufacturer of modular storage furniture for the home and office. The company’s signature product line, USM Haller, is widely celebrated as a design classic and included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

USM was founded in Switzerland by Ulrich Schaerer in 1885 as a producer of ironworks and window fittings. In the late 1940s, USM increased its product lines with metal and sheet-metal work to respond to the post-war economy. In 1961, Paul Schaerer, grandson of USM founder Ulrich Schaerer, took the company in a new direction by transforming the factory from a large, manually-oriented metal production plant into a modern, industrial enterprise. To achieve this goal, Schaerer commissioned Swiss architect Fritz Haller to design a building that would accommodate the company’s factory and provide ample space for administrative offices. The building collaboration with Haller proved so successful that, in 1963, Schaerer, together with Haller, created the pioneering furniture product known today as USM Haller Systems for the company’s open-plan offices. Since the establishment of the USM Haller System, the classic furniture line has been utilized in homes and offices around the world.
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USM Haller System

The underlying impetus behind USM Haller modular furniture is that form follows function. Each furniture system is designed to be appropriate for both home and office environments and assimilates with any architectural or interior design. The USM Haller system frame is based on and constructed with three basic elements: the ball, connecting tubes, and panels. The system can be built in any direction, taken apart, and reconfigured for changing requirements. The furniture units can be further customized per application by adding doors, drawers, and a variety of internal organizational accessories.

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Durable, classic, iconic — USM is the ultimate storage and shelving system.

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