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At Dutch Design Week we are launching Candle, a smart home system that gives the protection of your privacy the highest priority.

Candle, the privacy friendly smart home

Candle, the privacy friendly smart home
Image: Candle

The Candle devices offer the advantages of a smart home system – such as voice control, handy automations and useful insights – without the downsides of sending your data to the cloud and feeling watched in your own home.

Candle is a smart home of the future where protecting privacy has gotten the highest priority. At DDW we are launching a collection of devices such as smart locks, thermostats, various sensors and other ‘internet of things’ devices that are not just easy to use, but they are trustworthy too.

Most smart devices promises us an easier life, but they increasingly disappoint; they eavesdrop, share our data with countless third parties, and offer attractive targets to hackers.

Candle is different. Your data never leaves your home, all devices work fine without an internet connection, and everything is open source and transparent.

Curious what these devices look like? Then come and visit us at Klokgebouw. Designers Dinie Besems and Jesse Howard have developed radical designs that explore what a new generation of privacy friendly products might look like. They have crafted an aesthetic that transcends the blue LED’s and shiny plastic that we have come to associate with untrustworthy products.

We believe that smart should also mean ethical. Candle challenges the industry to develop products that are both smart and privacy friendly. Candle proves this is perfectly possible.



We are a group of designers, artists and privacy experts from Amsterdam. Together we are exploring how products can better protect our privacy.

The Candle project is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and as part of the Sherpa program has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under grant agreement No 786641.

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