Creating a Buzz

3M Design Center's New Home Features Design Hive

IDSA Ambassador 3M Design has moved into a new home. The 38,000 sq. ft. studio, located at the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN, is called the 3M Design Center. “3M Design is at the forefront of creating customer-driven experiences,” says IDSA Member Eric Quint, vice president and chief design officer at 3M. “The new studio reflects our culture of spontaneous collaboration, creativity and translation of insightful solutions that positively impact the world.”

He adds, “We will continue to inspire and grow our design talent across all 3M businesses, further elevating 3M as a recognized leader in design.”

The contemporary center is inspired by local and global culture. The hybrid layout fuses the privacy of independent meeting areas with the collaborative functionality of communal spaces. The center will enable uninhibited creative possibilities for 3M businesses, customers and partners. It also incorporates energy-efficient climate control, lighting systems and recycled materials.

There is a fast prototyping laboratory, materials library and numerous brand labs. There’s a space called the Design Hive. Team members can connect and creatively engage around design concepts with colleagues and business partners in the incubator for cross-disciplinary projects to bring value to customers through design—ranging from home and office products to automotive materials to digital health care solutions. "3M Design has a cool new studio for creativity to flourish, translating insights into solutions around the world," says Quint.