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needle has moved over the past year,” he says, talking about the social justice inroads made in 2020. “But I don’t want to be forgotten again, I don’t want to move back into the shadows.” As a member of the Elle Décor A-List, 1stDibs 50, and the 2021 AD100, there is little chance that the future will forget Lewis, but he also wants to elevate young designers and artists of color who haven’t yet achieved his recognition. He teaches at his alma mater, Parsons School of Design, as well as at New York School of Interior Design. “It’s about seeing people who look like you,” he says. “If this guy from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, can operate in this world, maybe I can join him on some of that.” For his own work, the accolades signal that he is

Top left: Lewis curated the 2019 exhibit, Beyond The Mask: Storytelling In Black Art And Design.Lisa Hunt’s artwork hangs on the anchor wall with Baughaus Design Studio’s Dancehall Queen Salt ‘n’ Peppa Shakers in the forefront. Photographed by Keith Isaacs Top right: Jomo Tariku’s suite of furniture is visible through the Roman arch. Photographed by Keith Isaacs Middle: In front of Sheila Bridges’ Harlem Toile de Jouy wallpapers sits a sculpture and coffee table by Marlin Darbeau. Photographed by Keith Isaacs Bottom: In the exhibition space, matte gold cubist plinths set the stage for the artists' work while the cutout Islamic and Roman arches symbolize the expanse of black culture. Photographed by Keith Isaacs

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