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The dining room walls are upholstered in an iridescent silk fabric. The blue pottery on the table is by Brooklyn-based KleinReid.

After working with Barbara Hauben Ross and at Knowles Architecture, Lewis launched his Brooklynbased Leyden Lewis Design Studio. It has become a celebrated interior and architectural firm that draws on his Caribbean heritage as well as classical European Modernism, but art remains at the center of his practice. “Design and art are in such an ephemeral and emotional space,” he says. “It’s a cultural conversation with individuals educating themselves on what triggers positive and aesthetic responses from their body and their spirit.” To help facilitate these foundational conversations about race, representation, and art, Lewis helped found the Black Artists + Designers Guild, through which he curated the 2019 exhibit Beyond the Mask: Storytelling in Black Art and Design. “I’m glad the


Top right: In this hallway, Lewis channeled inspiration from 1920s and '30s French design. Bottom: Dark and light elements set moods throughout the apartment that complement both day and evening environments.

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