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By Laura Hine

Lewis sits in front of a torso painting by Clarity Haynes. Photographed by David A. Land

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or designer Leyden Lewis, art is about the future just as much as it is about history. The art he collects tells his story, and he’s passionate about helping clients tell their own stories through their art. “I have many clients who are serious travelers,” he says. “And when I look at their art, I want to know the story it’s telling about the person who has traveled and brought something back to include in their world.” Lewis’ appreciation of art comes from a lifetime immersion. Not only is he an artist himself but his father, Lionel Lewis, is a painter, and Leyden’s first job working for designer Joan Regenbogen brought him into the world of art collectors. “I was a ‘guy Friday’ at the office and as a 17-year-old kid, from my first day, I went into collectors’ houses,” he says. “I really got started with contemporary art and the spaces we make to hold contemporary art.”

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