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Elegant, a white storage cabinet.

Sam Brewski

In Münsigen, Switzerland, welcome to the new powder coating workshop of the USM Haller modular furniture factory. Modular storage, offices, everything is designed in the basement of the building to the incredible metal frame built in 1961, a space of 4 000 m2 which announces the color.

When, in 1961, Paul Schärer, grandson of USM's founder, commissioned architect Fritz Haller to design a new building for the family-owned metals factory in Münsingen, Switzerland, he probably did not imagine that his Midi / Mini / Maxi concept of metal frame construction would extend beyond its modular architecture, to become the first landscaping system on the market, known under the brand name USM Haller.

The yellow cabinet consists of two doors, a classic design that entered the design collection of the Moma, New York, late 2001.

Sam Brewski

Long before the shape adapts to functionality and becomes the model of modular furniture USM, the innovative construction system that adapts to buildings of different sizes still reveals the artistic character of this piece of furniture. architecture. The brand new underground warehouse built between buildings houses a state-of-the-art 4,000 square meter powder coating plant. Punctuated with 22 concrete blocks to filter the light, this ultramodern extension is just as environmentally friendly as the existing structure.

"Retroactive compatibility"

If the manufacturing is computerized and automated, the final assembly is always done manually. And the precision of the work is up to the high quality of the basic materials: chromed steel structure resistant to wear and corrosion, elements in perforated metal or glass, wooden table tops, glass, granite, synthetic resin and linoleum. The epoxy lacquered steel sheet cladding elements of extreme strength are available in the 14 original colors.

The final assembly is done by hand. Each piece of furniture is a unique piece, assembled according to the customer's wishes.

Sam Brewski

Originally designed to meet the needs of the family business, all combinations of USM furniture - with chrome-plated brass ball, chrome-plated steel tubes and steel plates - offer many possibilities where each new component can be used. integrates with existing structures to be transformed to infinity. A "retroactive compatibility" which is progressively progressing so that, even after years, it can complete a USM layout. With the start of mass production in 1969, the success is international. This type of arrangement finds its place in offices, public buildings and the private sphere. Until becoming a world-renowned design classic, an applied art work entered the Moma design collection in New York in 2001.

The collections USM Haller, USM Haller Table, USM Kitos Table and USM Display, unique pieces made to order, offer tailor-made solutions with multiple features. A forward-looking system that will celebrate in 2015 through new events, including an international competition on the theme of modularity, 50 years of USM Haller furniture.

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The new offices of the company with, from the entrance, a welcome paré of the original USM green.

Sam Brewski

Elegant, a white storage cabinet.

Sam Brewski

The sheets are stored by color.

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On hold, the steel plates in the new state-of-the-art 4000 m2 workshop installed in the basement.

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In the new ultra-graphic and sophisticated workshops, steel plates are placed on transport rails before powder coating, an environmentally friendly process.

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On hold, the steel plates in the new state-of-the-art 4000 m2 workshop installed in the basement.

Sam Brewski

The design concept of USM Haller is based on three basic elements: the chrome-plated brass ball, the chrome-plated steel connecting tubes and the epoxy-lacquered steel, perforated metal and glass sheets.

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All the pieces together for the realization of the yellow furniture.

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The famous USM engraved ball with a diameter of 2.5 cm, an emblem at the heart of the brand's modular system.

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The sheets being thermo-lacquered.

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From the roof of the USM factory founded in 1885 in the canton of Bern, view of the snow-capped peaks.

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