Mary Anne Lloyd makes Portland smile wide. Her illustrations can be found throughout the city, on various packages, signs and products. Her distinctive style is cheerful (with the occasional “Ack!” balloon quote). She captures the expressions and postures of creatures in a way that tells us she knows them well and speaks their language. In a city that is full of talented artists, Mary Anne Lloyd’s work shines brightly and brings a cheerful grin to those that come across it.
Our new Studies collection of small natural fiber area rugs started out as a sketching exercise and evolved into little pops of personality to enhance your living space with positive energy and plush landing pads for casual living.
Sketching is an important part of the studio process. Often the most successful designs come together by simply not trying to do anything in particular.
Stumbling upon the book This is Mars was perfect. Thank you It’s Nice That for the discovery and article!
Everyone’s talking about going to visit Mars now that the option is now sort of available. To be honest, there are actually some people I would happily wave off as they careered off to an uninhabitable planet that can be up to 250 million miles away. For those of us who prefer a simple life on watery,
Kloster is a strip of land on the edges of the west coast of Sweden designed by Torsten Ottesjö. Two years ago he selectively cut trees from the landscape to create a vision for what the rolling southern ends of the Scandinavian fjords could look like. Kloster is an idea — built for a new class, a new market — It is complex,
Some paintings shout. Others whisper. One might dance, while another haunts.
Honour Mack’s paintings float. They move slowly out of the corner of your eye. Layers deep within her paintings, find their way to the surface as light changes. There’s an ethereal quality to Honour’s paintings that I find mysteriously comforting. Unexpected color. We live with an Honour Mack painting and I look forward to seeing it when I get home every day.
The Swell Coffee Table has always been one of my favorite pieces in our furniture collection. Sherwood Hamill (my husband and business partner) and I started our company together 20 years ago, and have been together for 25 years. I know very well how much he values design, form, and craftsmanship. He approaches design in the same way he approaches everything— thoughtfully.
Biomorphic form and organic materials give the Swell Coffee Table it’s natural essence.
Throughout the 20 year history of angela adams, our Portland, Maine based design company has collected awards and accolades from design critics worldwide. Along with the popularity of the nature-inspired designs among industry followers and designers, the products and product collaborations featuring angela adams designs have been featured in magazines, television shows, movies and design blogs.
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Life’s lines pull apart and come together, drawing us near and pushing us away through a series of angles and measured repetition. The geometry of nature and humanity is constant and varied. The collective mathematical relationships in design in the various forms that surround us have an amazing ability to thrill and delight, or soothe away the chaos of everyday life.
Like a puzzle seeking resolution, the calming geometric designs in our collection pull together all the pieces to create a polished,
Recently we had the pleasure of having two of our rugs included on a project for the DIY Network. Restored show host and home preservationist Brett Waterman included our Borealis and Spike rugs in Jeff & James’ restored 1906 Arts and Crafts home in Season 2 Episode 2. We’re glad to be a part of a home being thoughtfully returned to its original splendor!
Didn’t catch it? Watch it here!
Popularized by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in the 1964 book The Heart of Man, the term “biophilia” (from bio-, meaning “life,” and –philia, meaning “friendly feeling”) refers to “love for humanity and nature, and independence and freedom.” Twenty years later, Edward O. Wilson expanded on that definition, adding “the rich, natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.”
Design has a powerful effect on our minds,