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We asked 6 thought leaders what home means to them

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‘What is home?’ The question seems simple enough. Yet the answer is often complex. As we spend more time at home reconsidering how we engage with and experience our space, we invite you to join us and get inspired by others ⁠— the artists, the designers, the writers ⁠— who have created their own haven through reflection and thoughtful choices. Discover more below.

Designer Stephen Burks and his partner Malika at their Brooklyn home
Designer Stephen Burks and his partner Malika at their Brooklyn home
"Today, most of us are at home everywhere and nowhere at the same time. We’re neither nomadic nor nesters, but a bit of both. Sometimes we entertain and sometimes we retreat. Sometimes we work. Sometimes we play. Our digital lives create our sense of community and offer connectivity in unfamiliar surroundings."

- Stephen Burks, Designer and Harvard Educator

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"Slowly I started building myself a home through the objects that I collected. [...] I was building myself a home I never had. A safe haven for myself. If I traveled, I’d pack the same Jasmine oud, the same Everyday Oil, the same striped blanket I stole from an airplane—so that home was always with me, wherever I went."

- Fariha Roisin, Writer

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"I feel that a non-conventional home is so imperative for me as an artist. Having a home that can act as my safe haven and resting place, it also should continually feed my creativity. Continually feed my thinking."

- Reginald Sylvester II, Artist

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"In the physical sense, I would say home is my sanctuary. Everywhere I have lived has been my sanctuary. I’ve always put a lot of thought into making sure that my home is a place that feels safe, warm and comfortable. But what I’m working towards — because I don’t think I’m there yet — is making sure that I feel at home within my own body."

- Kai Avent-deLeon, Entrepreneur Sincerely Tommy

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"For us, home has always been a plural experience — informed by the places we lived in and traveled to, the food we ate, and the moments we shared. As Jamaican-Canadian twins growing up in the suburbs of Ottawa, ​we absorbed diverse cultural perspectives and stitched together a unique sense of belonging that felt beautiful and natural to us."

- Byron and Dexter Peart, Founders GOODEE

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"But I can tell you, when I move over to this place, living on my own, I want it to be an expression of all the art and books I’ve gathered—all the things that I think are beautiful."

- Jackie Villevoye, Founder Jupe by Jackie

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