FROM THE ARCHITECTS:
Global innovation company 3M announces the development of the 3M Design Center, an incubator for progressive ideation and the creative heartbeat at 3M. Located at 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., the 3M Design Center will stimulate creativity as an open, multi-level studio environment, four times the size of the current design space. The interior architecture will incorporate use of 3M solutions and technologies throughout, as well as energy efficient systems and recycled materials demonstrating that sustainable, smart design supports a better future.
Flexible spaces—including a fast prototyping lab, materials library, brand labs and an interactive area known as the “Design Hive”—will foster spontaneous connections and ignite cross-functional collaboration among partners, thought leaders, customers and colleagues at 3M headquarters, connected to 3M Design studios around the globe.
The new Design Center will cross-pollinate creative minds from diverse backgrounds—from user interface and product design, to brand experience and more. 3M Design applies integrated, creative thinking to identify future customer needs that innovate industries.
Ranging from digital applications in the dental business to the migration of safety materials and technologies into the fashion world, 3M products cast a global footprint with design as a catalyst for change. The new Design Center will provide a timely complement to such initiatives, enriching innovation and enhancing new business opportunity.