While I doubt the medical aesthetic will ever cross over into home design the way the industrial aesthetic has, the stainless steel folding shelf above, intended for hospitals, is something I'm craving for my house. Designed by Michigan-based Point-O-Care, a medical accessories manufacturer, the 14-inch-by "Instant work surface..."
...hugs the wall for out-of-the-way convenience. With a clearance is only 1-1/8" its great for hallways and other high traffic areas where a table is handy but dangerous to leave laying around. It's a table where you need it when you need it and out of the way when you don't.
Sounds perfect for my home office! And furniture designed for medical environments has one other benefit that would suit my high-dust home nicely: They're always easy to clean.