USM | History

What started off in 1961 as an architect's design sketch for modular furniture to meet our own requirements soon turned into the company's main product.

USM Modular Furniture is still produced, as it always has been, by Ulrich Schärer AG in Münsingen, Switzerland.

1885

USM founding as a hardware and locksmith’s business in Muensingen, Switzerland by Ulrich Schaerer.

1961

Paul Schaerer, 3rd generation, joins USM.The decision is made to build a new factory and office pavilion. Paul Schaerer collaborated with the architect Fritz Haller to realize his idea and vision for a flexible factory building created with the architect’s unique, steel modular construction system.

1963

Paul Schaerer and Fritz Haller developed a furniture system for the new USM office pavillion in Muensingen, Switzerland. The result was a flexible product that would adapt to the growing business and spatial demands of USM.

1965

Application for patent registration for the USM ball joint for furniture by Paul Schärer.

1969

Production and sale of USM Haller begins. First large contract furnishing the Rothschild Bank in Paris, France.

1975

Founding of the subsidiary USM U. Scharer Soehne GmbH in Buehl, Germany.

USM Kitos table black oak veneer

1989

Market launch of the USM Display and USM Kitos product lines.

1993

The fourth generation enters the family firm, with son Alexander Schaerer, Dipl. Ing. EPFL.

1994

Founding of the subsidiary USM U. Schaerer Fils SA in Charnay-lès-Mâcon, France.

1995

Founding of the subsidiary USM U. Schaerer Sons Inc. in New York, USA.

1998

Opening of the first USM showroom in Hamburg, Germany.

1999

Opening of USM showrooms in Bern and Berlin.

2001

USM Haller is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, USA.

2002

Opening of the new US headquarters and showroom in SoHo, New York.

2003

Opening of USM showroom in Paris, France.

2008

USM earns the GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality certificate for its USM Haller and USM Kitos product lines.

Subsidiary USM U. Schaerer Sons K.K. opens in Tokyo, Japan.

2009

Opening of USM showrooms in Tokyo and Düsseldorf.

2013

Opening of USM showrooms in Munich and Stuttgart

Inauguration of new Sqm 4300 state of the art powder coated facility in Muensingen.

2015

50 year anniversary of the USM Haller furniture system.