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 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 about about being objects of substance as being 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.”
Made with Care
SVALT designs and manufactures locally with care in Portland, Oregon. While there are financial advantages to designing products for mass-consumption with off-shore mass-production, by working locally SVALT can focus on making first-of-kind and best-in-class products with innovative designs, high-performance, top-spec components and high-quality materials for the most discerning and demanding users. Working locally allows SVALT’s founder Chad to connect directly with nearly the entire team in a single morning throughout 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.