This is the eGuide number for the object. You can find it next to selected objects in the exhibition.
This is the location number for the object.
Click here to go to the main menu.
Click here to change languages.
Click here to change the font size and log in.
Click here to show the location of the object.
Zoom with two fingers and rotate images 360° with one finger. Swipe an object to the side to see the next one.
Click here for background information, biographies, legends, etc.
Click here to listen to spoken texts or audio files.
Share an object.
Download as PDF.
Add to saved objects.
Storage unit, Modular Furniture System USM
Storage unit, Modular Furniture System USM

Storage unit, Modular Furniture System USM

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
Museum map
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich

In 1964/65, the architect Fritz Haller (1924–2012) and the mechanical engineer Paul Schärer (1933–2011) designed a prefabricated office pavilion for USM complete with furnishings. They discovered in their planning that all the files seemed to “flow” through the open-plan office just like materials making their way through factory halls. The files were to be placed on pallets and then stored either in open stands or lockable boxes. The tubular steel frames made to hold identically sized file trays then gave rise in a second step to the universally applicable USM Haller Modular Furniture System with its characteristic ball joints. The system can be configured to reflect flat hierarchies in open-plan offices or used as minimalist container furniture in the home.

Behältermöbel, Möbelbausystem USM
Fritz Haller, Paul Schärer jr., 1964
USM Möbelbausysteme, CH
Image creditso

Behältermöbel, Möbelbausystem USM, 1964, Entwurf: Fritz Haller, Paul Schärer jr.
Zeichnung: Weicher Umbruch, Zürich