3M Strengthens Design and Creativity with New 3M Design Center

38,000 Square Foot St. Paul Studio is an Incubator for Collaborative

ST. PAUL, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3M, the global innovation company recognized for diversified technology
and collaborative problem solving, announced the grand opening of the
new 3M Design Center. Integral to the company’s commitment to apply
science in dynamic ways to improve lives daily, the new studio serves as
a central hub to enhance creativity for the award-winning 3M Design team.

“3M Design is at the forefront of creating customer-driven experiences,”
said 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. We
will continue to inspire and grow our design talent across all 3M
businesses, further elevating 3M as a recognized leader in design.”

The new studio, located at the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, MN, is
inspired by local and global culture, influencing the contemporary
design of the space. Building on the fundamental belief that design
inspires design, the 3M Design team has worked diligently to bring
creativity to life. The hybrid layout fuses the privacy of independent
meeting areas with collaborative functionality of communal spaces. The
center will enable uninhibited creative possibilities for 3M businesses,
customers, and partners. In line with the company’s focus on the
development of smart and sustainable solutions, the Design Center
incorporates energy-efficient climate control, lighting systems and
recycled materials, cultivating an ecofriendly and thoughtful

The Design Center will integrate multiple features to cultivate creative
workspace opportunities, including a fast prototyping laboratory,
materials library and numerous brand labs. In addition, an interactive
area called the “Design Hive” allows team members to connect and
creatively engage around design concepts with colleagues and business
partners. The studio environment will act as an 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.

This unveiling builds on the momentum of 3M as a growing leader in
design on an international scale. Earlier this year, the 3M Design team
collaborated on an innovative installation at Milan Design Week,
combining sustainability, materials design and architecture for a
creative audience of more than 200,000 visitors from around the world.
On top of a diverse and innovative portfolio, 3M will continue to
amplify design thinking to advance offerings across multiple market
spaces, impacting people’s lives around the world.

About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to
improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees
connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s
creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com
or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.


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Janine Landrey, 212-367-8008
Design Communications

Glenn Carter, 651-737-0687