Anti-Aging Chair

Hattie Wiener received patents in 1991 and 1993 for an anti-aging chair. The two patents were basically variations on the same theme. The 1991 version of the chair is on the left below, and the 1993 version is on the right.

Actually, in the patent write-ups she didn’t mention the anti-aging properties of the chair, but that’s how she described it to the media. She also promoted herself as an “anti-aging consultant.”

The idea was that the chair would force a person to sit upright, and thereby improve their posture and circulation. And this, in turn, would help a person stay healthy as they aged.

She hoped to sell the chair for $600. A lot for a fairly minimalist piece of furniture. But as far as I can tell, it never made it to market.

(left) The Desert Sun - Oct 27, 1991; (right) Austin American-Statesman - Nov 10, 1991

Hattie was in her 50s when she patented the chair. Fast-forward almost thirty years, and now, in her 80s, she's still in the news, but for a very different reason. She's become known as the "Tinder Granny," due to her enthusiasm for using the dating app Tinder to find hookups with younger men.

She's certainly defying the stereotypes of age. But I'm disappointed that in none of the recent pictures of her is she using her anti-aging chair. In fact, in the photo below she's totally slouching.

Hattie Wiener, age 83

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 12, 2020
     Category: Elderly and Seniors | Furniture | Inventions | Patents

That is not a total slouch, has the author been on the chaise lounge in a position to judge?
Posted by John on 04/14/20 at 09:30 AM
With everyone working at home these days and looking to furnish home offices, this might be the perfect time to revisit this chair... especially if it offers ergonomic benefits.
Posted by Brian on 04/14/20 at 01:13 PM
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