The name SVALT is derived from the French word “svelte,” meaning graceful & elegant, and the Swedish word “sval,” meaning elegant & cool.
Mission and Purpose
SVALT was founded by Chad Kirkpatrick as a 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 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 for customers that value more sustainable products.
Designed to Endure
SVALT products are designed to endure with flexible laptop support systems, more durable metal structure, stronger bolted assemblies, modular cooling systems, and customer right-to-repair electronic components. Current products have been designed for long term compatibility, offering universal Mac/PC laptop support for most any current, prior and future generation laptop. Cooling systems use top-spec components, such as fans with long life bearings, while all products ship with the tools required to disassemble cooling systems for customer right-to-repair cleaning, servicing and component replacement. At the end of a product’s life cycle, the primary metal construction allows for more viable recycling.
Made with Care
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. In a single morning Chad can meet personally with nearly the entire team 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 a better customer experience.