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BIOGRAPHY AND PHILOSOPHY Hi, I’m an industrial designer and problem solver from Denver, Colorado. Since before I can remember, I have been taking apart and rebuilding products just to see what’s inside. Fascinated by how they work, or don’t, and how they can be changed to better suit the user. Simple, practical products, that intelligently solve problems, and successfully satisfy the needs of the user, inspire me.

TOM KVILHAUG Denver, Colorado 980.233.1539

I believe a product’s design should almost always be driven by its function. Its form, features, materials, and finish, down to even the smallest details, should be descriptive of its function, creating a product that is intuitive and pleasant to use. I believe in the power of design to cultivate change, improve people’s lives, and make the world a better place. My passion for the outdoors encourages me to think about the big picture, how my designs impact the environment, and also the people that use them. I strive to create products that have minimal impact on the planet, but maximum impact with the users. My passion is creating products that work, making the user’s life easier and more enjoyable. With each product I design, my goal is for users to wonder how they ever lived without it.



Tilt Tomahawk Fork


Tilt Sculpted Series


Tilt Metra Grip


Tilt x Volare


Valo Lumbar Pack


Corvus Coffee Container


Mukava Mittens


Experiments in Textiles


Tarkka Crampon

TILT TOMAHAWK FORK Tilt Scooters Summer 2015

The Tomahawk fork was designed to push the common conception of what a scooter fork is. The intent was to strip a fork down to its most essential elements, removing as much material and visual weight as possible, without compromising strength. Not only did the fork need to be innovative, but it needed to fit within the aesthetic that Tilt had become recognized for in the industry. The Tomahawk is made from 6061 aluminum and was designed specifically to be machined on a five axis CNC mill. Subtle tweaks were made to the fork throughout the design process in order to optimize the form for manufacturing, in order to keep machine time and cost low.


The Details In order to slim down the Tomahawk as much as possible, a new axle was also designed. The Tilt F5 axle system features slimmed down bolt heads that lie flush against the surface of the fork, which not only creates a streamlined aesthetic, but also prevents the axle from catching, while the user is grinding on rails or ledges. The new axle system features five millimeter hex drives on both sides, allowing the user to carry only one tool, as opposed to the nut and bolt option that was standard for the industry at the time.


TILT SCULPTED SERIES In 2016 Tilt moved manufacturing from Chicago, Illinois to Taiwan. This allowed for more experimentation with forms due to the wide range of manufacturing methods that were now easily accessible. The Sculpted series included a fork and two clamps that utilize forging as the method of manufacture. This process allowed for more sculptural forms to be created because the product was no longer constrained by the capabilities of a CNC mill. The series features more flowing geometry than other Tilt products, while also incorporating technical advancements. The fork features integrated threads on the steer tube to remove the need for a star nut and is internally lightened, to remove mass without compromising the flowing form. The whole line of products featured subtle branding that is embossed into the product during the forging process. Cutting costs and processes from manufacturing while complimenting the clean form of the product line.


Tilt Scooters Spring 2016

TILT METRA GRIPS Tilt Scooters Spring 2018

Inspired by the way riders move through the city, and Tilt’s Chicago heritage. The Metra Grip takes the clean lines of a transit map, and uses them to create a grip that provides the rider with ultimate comfort and control. The thin ribs provide a soft feel, that requires virtually no break in, while the thinner diameter provides riders with great feedback and control of their scooter.



TILT X VOLARE BRAND Tilt Scooters Summer 2018

A product line designed to embody the spirit of Volare Brand’s hometown, Minneapolis, and use Tilt’s reach as a brand to share it. The collection highlights a selection of prominent pieces of architecture and sculpture in Minneapolis, and renders them in a graphic style that would be right at home on the streets of the Twin Cities.



VALO LUMBAR PACK Personal Project Summer 2018

Whether your out ripping the trails for a day, or just pedaling through the city, you’re gonna need to carry the essentials; water, a little snack, maybe a rain jacket or shell, a few tools. That’s usually more than you want to carry in your pockets, but not enough to justify a full pack. That’s where the Valo Lumbar pack comes in. It’s 4L volume allows you to carry everything you need for a nice day out, without weighing you down. Moving the load onto your hips helps relieve should pain and eliminate the dreaded back sweat that comes with wearing a full pack. The 1000D coated cordura is abrasion resistant and fully waterproof, keeping your stuff dry even in the heaviest downpour.


The generous zipper flap combined with the coated waterproof fabric easily shed water and keep your items dry. Two internal pockets keep your small items separate, while the key leash keeps your keys in the pack even if you take a tumble with your pack wide open, so even if your day out doesn’t go well, at least you’ll be able to get home. 22

CORVUS COFFEE CONTAINER Corvus Coffee and Co. Autumn 2016

A simple and elegant coffee container designed to encourage reuse. The container adds additional functionality to the traditional coffee container by incorporating a pour over filter in the lid. The design incorporates a 60 micrometer perforated polyester mesh filter, in order to eliminate the need for disposable paper filters. The product helps eliminate waste at home and in the store. The added functionality elevates the product from a simple container to a product that allows users to take and make coffee while traveling, camping or while they are on the go.


The micro-perforated coffee filter is ultrasonically welded into the lid of the container, eliminating the possibility of it falling out or getting lost. The lid also incorporates a small plug to cover the filter and keep your coffee as fresh as possible during storage. The simple click-lock lid keeps the container closed while it’s bouncing around in your pack. 26

MUKAVA MITTENS The Mukava mittens blend the benefits of a full featured technical mitten with the simplicity of a classic chopper mitt. Mukavas utilize Sileather, a highly abrasion resistant and fully waterproof fabric, to capture the soft, supple feel and aesthetic of a leather mitten, while creating a barrier around the hand that is impenetrable to the elements. Utilizing dual-layer Polartec insulation, the inner layer of Alpha quickly wicks moisture away from the user’s skin, while the Thermal Pro double high loft insulation traps in heat. The three layer waterproof and breathable rear panel allows moisture the efficiently evaporate. Fully taped seams keep your hands dry after hours, even in the wettest conditions.


Material Study Autumn 2017

EXPERIMENTS IN TEXTILES Personal Project Ongoing

Technical fabrics are fascinating, but they can often be mystifying. 10,000 mm versus 25,000 mm waterproof rating? 90 gram or 60 gram fleece? Wool versus polyester? The names and numbers make sense, but what’s the real difference in the field; can you feel it? These experiments aren’t meant to be full projects, but simply a way to get some real hands on experience with different fabrics and construction techniques to see how they perform out in the real world. Just grab some different fabrics, make a pattern, sew it up, and go test it out.


Top to Bottom Air permeability of Polartec Alpha versus a simple lightweight grid fleece? The extremely open knit of the Alpha breathes very well, but really leaves the user completely exposed to any wind. Does a shelled hood improve comfort in the field? It certainly helps quiet the wind and keep your ears toasty, but the asymmetrical zipper likes to flap around when it isn’t zipped all the way up. Can an lightweight, loose knit wool armpit panel breathe well and live up to wools reputation of being odor-proof? Surprisingly, yes and yes. Laser perforated side panels? Seems a bit over the top, but really does add to the breathability of a shelled piece. Packability into the kangaroo pocket is a cool feature, but it’s really easier just to stuff your jacket in your backpack. 32

TARKKA CRAMPON Product Innovation Autumn 2017

The Tarkka crampons are designed to simplify the process of putting on and adjusting crampons, allowing the user to focus on the task at hand, not their finicky crampons. The hybrid aluminum and steel construction combined with the flexible closure system create one of the lightest crampons on the market, while minimizing bulk for easy carrying. The intuitive Boa closure allows for on the fly adjustment and a more secure connection to the boot than conventional crampon attachment systems. The closure system clamps along the length of the boot, while also securing the crampon against the sole, removing almost all the play from the connection between the boot and the crampon.


The Problem Crampons are hands down one of the most important items in a ski mountaineer’s pack. They provide the grip required to ascend steep ice an snow slopes that would otherwise be unclimbable, but their design is not optimized for the rapidly changing environments and quick transitions that are intrinsic to ski mountaineering. In general, crampons feature a rigid metal frame, this inhibits them from packing small, while also increasing weight unnecessarily. The large pack size of crampons means they are often stored at the bottom of a mountaineer’s pack, requiring them to remove their pack on potentially dangerous terrain in order to access them. This process is slow, and mountaineering is an activity where every second counts. The attachment systems of crampons are not easily used with gloves or mittens, and often come loose, requiring users to remove their gloves to adjust them. The Tarkka eliminates all of these problems, and is a crampon that is truly optimized for ski mountaineering. Why Dyneema? The Tarkka crampon replaces multiple components that are generally made from steel or injection molded plastic with high-modulus polyethylene, commonly known as Dyneema. Dyneema is a cut and slash resistant thermoplastic that can be braided and woven into textiles that are stronger and up to fifteen times more abrasion resistant than steel. Dyneema has a higher fatigue resistance, repetitive deformation has almost no effect on the material’s strength. It is almost entirely corrosion resistant and has extremely low moisture absorption. The critical characteristics of Dyneema for this application exceed those of steel, and are far superior to all other plastics, in almost every category, while weighting almost nine times less than tradition carbon steel.

Woven Protection The braided Dyneema lacing system provides all the tensile strength that is required for this application, but in order to further protect it from excess wear, it is fully encased in a braided Dyneema sheath. This sheath is designed to always have slack in it, in order to prevent it from ever coming into contact with a sharp edge while under tension, reducing the risk of a cut or slash in the sheath. It also protects the core from moisture, preventing it from stretching during use. 36


Transition on the Fly The Tarkka utilizes a flexible Dyneema lacing system, which allows it to pack down small, and be up to half as light as traditional steel crampons. This allows the crampon to be carried in a slash and tear resistant Superfabric pouch, which can easily be clipped to a harness or mounted to the hip belt of a pack. Providing the user with fast and convenient access to their crampons, without requiring them to remove their pack. Allowing for faster transitions between skiing or skinning and climbing. The Boa lacing system allows the user to quickly adjust their crampons without removing their gloves from their hand or crampon from their foot, saving them valuable time, and increasing their efficiency in the mountains. 38

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Portfolio 2018  
Portfolio 2018