For this Maine designer, the coastline endlessly inspires.
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The Natural Wonder
“I’ve always doodled designed patterns,” says designer and Maine native Angela Adams, whose eponymous line of rugs, furniture, and textiles is boldly emblazoned with the swirls of nature and intricacies of the shore’s changing light.
The success of her heirloom-quality handwoven rugs has evolved into a lifestyle brand and a Portland retail shop (cofounded by Adams and her husband, furniture designer Sherwood Hamill). Leaves, fish, the sediment of the ocean floor, or even cumulus clouds all spark their product ideas.
2 of 5Photo: Annie Schlechter
The Natural Wonder (cont.)
Adams still hand-draws concepts in a sketchbook to keep them fluid and soulful. Another source of inspiration: her blog, Sea Fantasy, an amalgamation of her loves—from coastal places to natural species—presented in a pretty little capsule.
“We’re definitely inspired by the landscape here,” she says. “For me, it’s about nature and translating its colors. I’m always trying to soak that in.”
3 of 5Photo: Angela Adams
Describe your design philosophy.
Inspired by natural beauty and a casual, relaxing lifestyle.
What makes the Maine coast so inspiring?
The textures, colors, smells, sounds are ever-changing throughout the day and the season.
What color palette are you loving?
I’m drawn to greys and greens – such as moss-covered granite.
What’s a pattern that will never go out of style?
Free flowing natural patterns are timeless – such as Waves or Haven from our collection.
Describe your perfect food-centric day in Portland, Maine.
I love to cook, so I eat at home more often than not. Breakfast: fresh ham and cheese croissant from Standard Bakery. Lunch: Tacos at Hella Tacos, Sandwich at Katie Made or Foodworks (both on the east end).
What’s your beach day uniform?
I’m not one to sit on the beach, so I’m usually in a wetsuit or swimsuit out in the water.
What’s your favorite season in Maine?
What’s your favorite coastal place to travel for inspiration?
Too many choices…the California coast is beautiful and I love the Northwest.
5 of 5Photo: Angela Adams
Trend Watch: Materials
“How things are made—buying things that are locally crafted—is becoming super important to people,” says Adams.