Rods: extruded aluminum in natural, gold, brown, charcoal, black
Shelves: natural, white, or walnut
Lighting elements: black, white, or grey
Doors: orange, blue, or white
The OMNI shelving system emerged in conjunction with a complete corporate design program for Structural Products Inc. of Charlotte, Michigan, a subsidiary of Aluminum Extrusions. The goal was to find new ways of using the extruded aluminum products made by the company. The shelving system is supported by aluminum rods. These rods are either rectangular (with slits on each side) or round (with six slits). They are inserted using springs on both ends between floor and ceiling, and are cut to suit this purpose. In the slits, horizontal aluminum supports can be inserted for the shelves and shelving modules. The various components—storage elements, table panels, and lamps—make the shelf into a kind of all-purpose item for varied situations: living room, study, kitchen, or office. The OMNI shelving system can be seen as a further development of the StrucTube system that Nelson had developed for use in exhibitions and was used at Colonial Williamsburg. At the same time, the OMNI shelving system is the predecessor of the Comprehensive Storage System, produced by Herman Miller.