Founded 1885 (Münsingen, Switzerland)

Originally a hardware and lock business, USM was founded in 1885 by Ulrich Schaerer in Münsingen (hence the abbreviated name) and has stayed in the family ever since. In 1961, Ulrich’s grandson, Paul Schaerer, hired architect Fritz Haller to build a new factory and office building. The two men, inspired by Haller’s steel construction system, then created modular furniture for the new space. The resulting USM Haller Collection was designed to adapt and expand as home and office needs changed. By building furniture meant to last for generations, USM was emphasizing sustainability before it was fashionable, and USM Haller pieces bought 50 years ago can be paired with those purchased today.

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