Design in detail: inside the world of USM Modular Furniture by Cate St Hill
Cate St Hill is an interiors writer, stylist and designer based in London. She set up her blog in 2011, sharing simple design that uplifts the everyday. Cate was named one of London’s best interior bloggers by Ideal Home magazine and has been featured on Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle Decoration and Apartment Therapy.
Her latest blog provides an insight into Swiss furniture manufacturer USM.
‘Taking its name from founder Ulrich Schärer and the Swiss village of Münsingen where the family-owned company is still based, USM’s values centre around innovation, precision, quality and sustainability. For over 50 years, USM have been creating modular furniture designed to last a lifetime – functional pieces that can adapt to suit the user. Made of sheet-steel panels joined together with chromed tubes, the USM Haller system is wonderfully versatile. It can be configured into endless arrangements, from shelving units and storage cabinets to bedside tables and wardrobes. You’ve probably seen it everywhere from airports and offices to shop stores and homes’.
‘It’s become a design classic. USM’s modular furniture is as relevant as fifty years ago because the refined aesthetic and pure simplicity means it still looks fresh and contemporary today, no matter the style of your home. That also comes down to it’s flexibility and the fact that it can evolve and grow with you – you can change the metal panels, reconfigure the arrangement, add components or even wheels and move it about if you need to. The design means that you can make it yours, using it to express your own unique style and display all the things that hold value for you. Customers become life-long fans, adding to their collection and taking it with them when they move. I love the idea of investing in a system that could then be used by your children’.