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Leyden Lewis Conceives a Layered Interior Around an Angel Otero Artwork

Drawing inspiration from a textured abstraction, the designer cultivates an atmospheric living room of evocative forms

Leyden Lewis. Photo: Pratya Jankong

The Brooklyn-based architect and designer Leyden Lewis assembled these elements for a living room he envisions being filled with natural light from an overhead oculus and surrounded by soft adobe-type walls. Admired for his ability to work with contemporary art collections, he composes rooms that make visitors aware of how their bodies interact with the sculptural nature of each piece of furniture.

“This wall piece by Angel Otero falls between art and design,” says Lewis. “The work feels less made and more salvaged, as if floating debris got pulled together into something organic.”

Red Island (2019) by Angel Otero from Lehmann Maupin. Photo: Matthew Hermann

Crystal Cluster illuminated sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman from R & Company. Photo: Joe Kramm, Courtesy of R & Company

Nyala chair by Jomo Tariku. Photo: Courtesy of Jomo Tariku

Fertility Form fireplace by Rogan Gregory from R & Company. Photo: Joe Kramm, Courtesy of R & Company

Rug by Joseph Carini from 1stdibs. Photo: Courtesy of 1stDibs

Caron floor lamp from Circa Lighting. Photo: Courtesy of Circa Lighting

Bulb dining table by Eric Schmitt from Ralph Pucci. Photo: Antoine Bootz

Sofa by Emanuel Gargano and Anton Cristell from 1stdibs. Photo: Courtesy of 1stDibs

Muse wall covering by Fabricut. Photo: Courtesy of Fabricut

Serpiente rug from Patterson Flynn Martin. Photo: Courtesy of Charlap Hyman & Herrero

Plum daybed by Michael Robbins. Photo: Michael Robbins

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Fall Issue under the headline “Piece by Piece.” Subscribe to the magazine.

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