Portland-based designer Angela Adams has been an icon in the home goods world for some time. Originally from the island of North Haven, Angela relocated to Portland in the 1990s and along with her husband Sherwood Hamill, opened her eponymous storefront on Congress Street in 1998, at the base of Munjoy Hill. The store originally featured Angela’s custom rugs – inspired by the beauty of nature, hand-tufted and cut using 100% New Zealand wool – and Sherwood’s modern furniture pieces, which feature clean lines and a modern aesthetic. Angela gradually expanded her designs into a wider range of products, including stationary, glassware and handbags.
Angela’s designs can be found nationwide, yet she has always remained dedicated to maintaining her company’s base in her home state of Maine. She recently decided to relocate her storefront from the East End to the Old Port, which provides great visibility and foot traffic, as well as a chance for a fresh canvas to display her work. The new angela adams store opened on June 5, First Friday, and was an instant hit with Art Walkers, past customers and new customers alike. Located in an older building with gorgeous wood floors and high ceiling, the space is a perfect complement to Angela and Sherwood’s designs
“We are excited to be in a new space, especially one as beautiful as 131 Middle Street,” said Adams. “The new floor plan and interior is a fresh way for us to display our new designs. The high ceilings allow us to present our rugs in a way we haven’t before and the expanded space is ideal for our furniture presentation. Having a new space to design for is valuable to as designers. We approach things a little differently and that’s always a good thing in terms of evolving as designers.”
The move also coincided with the launch of her newest collection – Cave Fantasy – which is inspired by minerals, geodes and glaciers, and is featured on her hand-crafted rugs and accessories line, including pillows, custom canvas totes, a collaboration with Black Point Mercantile and new printed t-shirts.
angela adams is located at 131 Middle Street, Portland, and is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.