As education goes, Bennett Leifer seems to have prepared from an early start for a career in interior design. In college, the New York–based creative paired his art history major—one chosen due to his lifelong passion for the art and architecture in his home city—with a business degree, demonstrating early on a savvy understanding of the requirements of running a design firm. That said, Leifer took his time learning the details, cutting his teeth at such iconic outfits as Juan Pablo Molyneux, Robert A.M. Stern, and Ralph Lauren before breaking out on his own in 2013. Since then, Leifer has translated his experiences into an aesthetic that is uniquely his own, referencing classic proportions and traditional details with layered texture for a certain stripe of stylish, contemporary living that reads both comfortable and refined. To learn more about his style and inspiration, AD shadows the designer for a day in his native city.
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