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.
Less is More
SVALT is guide by Chad’s belief that “we need a lot less stuff than we think and a lot less stuff to be happy, especially if the things we have are designed well and made to last. That guides my approach to sustainability, design, manufacturing and my personal life. The less stuff I have to manage and worry about, then the less stress. The more of my stuff that is designed to function well and work without failure, then again, the less stress. If that stuff serves me well over time, then I can even find joy through an object. If it also helps me do more things in my life that add value to the world, then it can bring me happiness. When things have a look and feel of substance, then there’s an emotional satisfaction that comes from using it in my daily life.”
Designed to Endure
SVALT products are designed to endure with flexible and modular systems, and that are made to last with primarily metal materials. Current products use a support and cooling systems designed for longterm compatibility and flexibility, offering universal Mac/PC laptop support for most any current, prior and future generation laptop. Products use top-spec components, including fans with long life bearings that can be replaced if required. The newest Cooling Stand product line has been designed from the ground up as a fully modular system that allows users to convert between models, clean and service internal components with bolted / snapped assembly and all of the tools required for right-to-repair access, low-cost future component upgradeability and expansion, and low-environmental footprint packaging. Products last longer with more durable metal construction and strong bolted assemblies, along with more viable recycling at the end-of-life cycle.
Made with Care
SVALT designs and manufactures locally with care in Portland, Oregon, United States. By working locally SVALT can shorten supply chains while connecting directly with the people that make parts from the owner to operator. In a single morning SVALT’s founder 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.