I went in to my doctors office for my quarterly A1C checkup last week. I know that everyone there is focused on doing great medical work, which is of course, appreciated and expected by all of us. I go to a teaching, research hospital for my clinics because I love my doctor and know Im getting access to the best care available for my diabetes and overall health. And, of course, I know thats the point after all. But the designer in me cant help but wonder why hospital clinic interiors have to feel so much like a Motel 6 from the 70s. Beige, baby blue and pale pink everywhere. Magazine racks stuck to the wall, usually filled with ancient copies of magazines whose subjects you never care about like fishing or condo living or recipes. Everything feels temporary, as if its been designed for people who have already left on a trip...a long time ago. As a patient, I guess I can understand the concept of temporariness informing interior choices since none of us really want to be there for very long. But I just dont believe the resulting aesthetics are consciously driven by that as an idea. It seems they have just happened due to the function and utility of a medical place colliding with the misconception that beige and pink will somehow make examining rooms feel more warm and inviting. A nice thought, but not true in practice.