This is an excellent TEDMED presentation by Michael Graves on redesigning hospital room furniture. A colleague sent it along and asked, "How realistic are his ideas in your opinion? They certainly contain several pretty good ideas. How much do you think we can gain from similar innovations around the hospital? "
My answers: "Very realistic." And, "A lot.
As I think of the role of philanthropists in hospitals, instead of donating money for new buildings, how about donating money to replace inappropriate furniture and replacing it with these kind of items? (Want recognition? Put the donor's name on each piece of furniture!)
If you cannot see the video, click here.