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The Space

Purpose-built, designed to inspire.
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The People

Meet the lifeblood of Design and Innovation.
An introduction to our people.

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The Story

A watershed moment in Design: Where we’re headed.

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The Design Center embodies creating a brand and innovation led company that is famous for design and product performance.

Chuck Jones, Chief Design and Research & Development Officer at Newell Rubbermaid


The Story

With our new Design Center, Newell Rubbermaid has joined an exclusive club of innovation-driven companies that recognize great design and innovation are a competitive advantage. How we got here and what’s in-store:




It Takes a Team to Build a Company Famous for Design

Newell Rubbermaid’s Chief Design and Research & Development Officer, Chuck Jones, has a vision. Not some far off dream. Not an illusion. The vision is real and it’s already happening.

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Fast Track to a New Design Organization

Building a Design Center is a challenge. But the bigger challenge comes much earlier, when a company makes the choice to become a design- and innovation-led company.

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The Design Center: A Collaboration Hub

All businesses these days talk about the importance of collaboration. At the Design Center, Newell Rubbermaid has brought the concept to life. The entire building was designed to enable and encourage collaboration.

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The Space

A look inside our Design Center built to foster innovation and maximize sharing of ideas and technologies among our brands. Click through below to view photos or take a video tour of all 40,000 square feet with Philip Thompson, Vice President of Global Design.



Exterior of Newell Rubbermaid’s new 40,000-square-foot Design Center as the Michigan sun rises.
Newell Rubbermaid’s business segments each have dedicated immersion rooms within the Design Center, marked by large numbers along the front walls.
A walk down the main corridor of Newell Rubbermaid’s Design Center.
Herman Miller chairs provide casual meeting space for designers to collaborate.
Worktables and video conferencing space allowing designers to confer with colleagues globally as they work to design the future of Newell Rubbermaid’s brands.
Sparks of color infiltrate open, clean white space.
An inside view at some of the capabilities within Newell Rubbermaid’s Model and Prototyping Lab, a Pillar Drill and Band Saw.
Back feature wall showcases clean lines and inspirational quote from Charles Eames.
Irwin Tools stools lined up within the Model and Prototyping Lab prepped for designers to transfer from two- to three-dimensional.
Designers unpacking on day one in Newell Rubbermaid’s new center of excellence in late March 2014.
A bird’s eye view of the open studio space where graphic and industrial designers as well as Newell Rubbermaid’s usability team work.

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The People

Top design talent unlocking their full potential and accelerating our brand innovation agenda. Meet the people behind Newell Rubbermaid design and innovation:


Chuck Jones

Chief Design and Research & Development Officer

Leading new product design and development to deliver high-impact consumer innovations worldwide.

Philip Thompson

Vice President of Global Design

Building a towering strength in product and graphic design.


Nate Young

Vice President of Global Innovation

Serving as a catalyst of our new innovation led culture.






The Conversation

Live updates on the Design Center Grand Opening.


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The Newsroom

Design Center facts.


What you need to know and how to get in touch with Newell Rubbermaid’s media relations team.


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Our Brands

Design and Innovation: Making our brands matter even more to consumers worldwide.