USM

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 USM 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.

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.
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.
2015 Opening of USM showroom in London, United Kingdom.