NUTTUO’S DRILL STORE

Japanese design studio Nottuo has two offices, one in Tokyo and one in the small village of Nishiawakura, Okayama.

However, their headquarters are not located where one would expect. Moving away from the urban setting of Tokyo, the studio relocated its main office and showroom to the Japanese countryside to show that contemporary design can and should come from rural spaces.

Named “Drill Store” as a nod to the power of design to shatter norms, the renovated building has a simple, traditional façade. It boasts gray walls and wooden window frames as well as a tile roof. Inside, the studio renovated the two floors but kept some original features, including the wooden beams.