charlotte perriand

in a time when women were scarce in the upper echelons of high industrial design, this girl could design (and grow body hair, apparently) with the best of the big boys. she famously worked with le corbusier and jean prouve and had a long and fruitful career on her own. as far as bookcases go, she is probably best known for her "mexique" design. but i prefer the system shown below.

for a long time, I've wished someone would make a basic vitsoe-style bracket shelf that would fit in a standard bracket rail of the style you might find in any hardware store. this system, designed by perriand for the now defunct flambo in france comes pretty close to what i'd love to have. these are no longer in production, but if anyone knows anything about the company (flambo) or any similar solutions, please pass them on.