The name SVALT is derived from the French word “svelte,” meaning graceful & elegant, and the Swedish word “sval,” meaning elegant & cool.
SVALT was founded by Chad Kirkpatrick as a mission driven product design studio in 2011 after a 15 year architecture career focused on sustainability, passive heating/cooling, and responsive design. “My goal with SVALT is to make the best products that I can; products that are as much art as tech, and as much objects of substance as machines engineered for performance. This focus allows me to drill down into the hyper-niche where I can pursue the most extreme designs and obsessive over the smallest details to create high-end products for professionals and others that demand the most from themselves and their equipment.” This approach has helped SVALT create first-of-kind and best-in-class products with a wide set of features unique within the market, while Chad’s lifelong focus on sustainability drives him to push boundaries within the consumer electronics market.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle are the three R’s of sustainability, and are core to SVALT designer and founder Chad’s worldview and his work through SVALT as outlined in the following sections.
Reduce x Local
SVALT designs and manufactures locally with care in Portland, Oregon, United States. By working locally SVALT’s founder, Chad, can shorten supply chains while connecting directly with the people that make parts from the owner to operator throughout the design, development and production phases. This direct connection also extends to customer service, as Chad personally attends to customer communications and orders. This personal care and attention to detail results in a better product and better customer experience, as well as a mission driven company that values people over profit, and that prioritizes quality over quantity.
Reduce x No Power Required
SVALT offers a full range of fanless models, including the Cooling Dock DH, Cooling Stand SRxN and SxN models, as well as the new Cooling Dock DHCR and DHC models that deliver similar or even greater cooling compared to fan powered models, but they achieve this heightened level of cooling without making any noise and without requiring any electric power. In addition to these fanless models, all of SVALT’s fan equipped models use responsive and natural passive cooling designs for the computer to run more efficiently even with the fan turned off. This helps to reduced energy consumption and associated pollution.
Reduce x Durability
SVALT products are made primarily from durable metal construction and are designed to endure with strong bolted modular assemblies. This helps to increase product life span, which in turn helps to reduce resource consumption and waste pollution.
Reuse x Upgradeability
SVALT products use modular components and systems for continued use through replacement and upgrade options. Modular cooling systems use modular speed control units with standard connections to standard sized fans for additional replacement and upgrade options. These modular components and systems use strong bolted and snapped connections for repeated disassembly and reassembly. Instead of forcing customers to buy a new product, customers can upgrade components, or use trade-ins to upgrade an entire product (see upgrades page). This reuse of existing resources helps to increase product life span, which in turn helps to reduce resource consumption and waste pollution.
Reuse x Repairability
SVALT products are right-to-repair that ship with the tools required for disassembly, cleaning, servicing, replacing and upgrading (see upgrades page). This reuse of existing resources helps to increase product life span, which in turn helps to reduce resource consumption and waste pollution.
Reuse x Adaptability
SVALT products are designed to work with a wide range of devices by using universal support designs with adjustable or replaceable pads. This reuse of existing resources helps to increase product life span, which in turn helps to reduce resource consumption and waste pollution.
Recycle x Recyclability
SVALT products use metal construction for easier reuse and for more viable end-of-life recycling. Anodized aluminum can be more easily re-milled and re-finished, and when it eventually reaches end-of-life-cycle, aluminum is one of the most universally recyclable materials. Other less easily recyclable materials are collected through product and component trade-ins for reuse and recycling as available (see upgrades page). This helps to reuse and recycle resources, which in turn helps to reduce resource consumption and waste pollution.