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Angela Adams + Sherwood Hamill

Pattern and Furniture Designers

Known For well designed textiles

Located In Munjoy Hill

When Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill met in Portland nearly two decades ago, Sherwood was designing furniture and Angela was designing patterns and textiles, looking for a vehicle to launch her fledgling creative business. Over the course of several lunches and talking about their dreams, Angela says, they decided to “join forces and really merge my textile dreams with his furnishing dreams, and build a lifestyle brand together here in Portland.” They purchased a sprawling historic brick building on Congress Street at the foot of Munjoy Hill, opened a storefront, and started growing their brand. Today, Angela Adams, the company, sells to the design trade (interior designers and architects), to general consumers in retail stores (including an array of gift items, from shoulder totes to drink coasters), and designs interiors for hospitals and hotels.

“We decided to join forces and really merge my textile dreams with his furnishing dreams, and build a lifestyle brand together here in Portland.”

Angela and Sherwood love the lifestyle in Portland, the changing seasons, the ability to walk to work every day. At first they were worried that people would think that Maine was too far away to do business with, but Angela says the location has proved to be a “much greater asset than it ever has been a liability.” “People love the Maine story,” Angela says, and the setting continues to both inspire and define their designs. While Angela translates these inspirations—a starfish, or a bird’s wing—in a lot of “colors and shapes,” Sherwood does it in a “much more form-driven way.” Angela says that because the inspiration is often the same, though, you can walk into a room of their tapestries and furniture and say, “’Oh, I get it,’ because the combination of the tapestries and furniture all kind of sing in the same tune.”