USM in the office
International Basketball Federation c/o FIBA, Mies (CH)
What modern furniture designer could possibly be better suited for the glass and basketball-loving headquarters of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) than USM? When it comes to the story of USM Modular Furniture and FIBA, which features modular storage systems and modern office furniture, tales of success and cooperation are quick to flow.
It’s been a long winding road to Mies: the organization has moved five times over the past 17 years. After the third complete renovation of the facilities, one thing became clear: “We needed a furniture system that can play along with change and growth, just like when our best players hit their shots,” said Florian Wanninger, the International Basketball Federation's director. “Since USM products are well thought out and elegant all at the same time, the game was already decided by the first quarter.”
And it was a good decision, as the two subsequent moves have shown. Today, at the headquarters in Mies, every time the table and furnishings are used they attract flattery and attention. From the exterior, the building is in the shape of a hand, framed by a white metal structure resembling the net of a basketball hoop. Inside, glass dominates the scene, a perfect combination with the steel of USM furniture. A selection of materials symbolizes the transparency that FIBA is striving for: ditching the ivory tower and embracing an inviting openness. There is even a basketball hoop that hangs at the main entrance that is explicitly accessible to everyone, even the youth in town.
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