USM | Who we are

More than a century ago, USM was known as a pre-eminent producer of iron works and window fittings. In 1961, Paul Schaerer, grandson of USM founder Ulrich Schaerer, chose to take the company in a new and dramatic 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 Münsingen-based company's factory and provide ample space for administrative offices. The facilities modular architecture inspired Haller and Schaerer in the conception of flexible storage solution to accompany the firm's growth prospect. In 1963, the two men created the pioneering furniture product known today as USM Haller Systems.

From the sourcing process to the distribution strategy without mentioning the production phase, USM acts in respect of the environment. The long life cycle of our products achieved through the unlimited possible reconfigurations of the system contribute to a minimal waste generation and account for our sustainable philosophy.

Nowadays the company counts about 400 employees worldwide. Head office and production are still in Münsingen, Switzerland. USM Modular Furniture is also distributed worldwide in more than 40 countries with a network of more than 410 qualified sales partners. USM has established a prominent reputation and international presence with flagship showrooms in Bern, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich, Paris, Tokyo and New York offering both cultural spaces and support platforms.

History

Form follows function. Combine functionality and design to provide a timeless solution for home and office planning. This was the vision of Paul Schaerer and Fritz Haller. In the effervescent post-war atmosphere the modularity concept that they developed spoke directly to the growing European businesses. This is how it all started...

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Values

Design, Flexibility, Quality and Durability: These words symbolize the character and ethos of USM's unique Modular Furniture System. A system designed for infinite reuse and reconfiguration. A system that increases the life of the material and improves the furniture's environmental impact over time. Here is our philosophy....

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Vision

In our fast pace environment adaptation has become an essential skill. This is true in our personal lives as well as in our working environments. Adapt to new family schemes, adapt to new social trends and to new business cultures. That's why it is crucial to be able to build on flexible systems and solid references.

USM has stood for modularity coupled with value for about 50 years. With the highest quality materials, Swiss styling, modifiable functionalities and timeless design, USM Modular Furniture is much more than just an everyday aid: it is a future oriented asset. And it will be for many more years.