Luxury Chairs for Tomorrow's Enfeebled Elites

Now you need no further proof that health care has become a luxury commodity. Herman Miller, makers of those Aeron chairs whose high price tags and cybernator look made them symbols of dot-com office opulence, has just purchased Brandrud Furniture, maker of specialized furniture for hospital patients. This is a major purchase for famed design firm Herman Miller, and its reps claim they're doing it to corner the lucrative health care market. Here you can see Brandrud's Cente patient chair (left), which is pretty much the geriatric version of the Aeron (right). Web 2.0 entrepreneurs, this is your future. And since only the rich will be able to afford decent health care in twenty years, the rest of us get bean bags. They're so fun and colorful, just like at Google! Brandrud's Cente Patient Chair [Design Corner]