The idea of PyroPet came to Thorunn while studying at the Royal College of Art in London in 2011. After exhibiting the cat candles (called “The Devil’s Pet” back then) in Milan and at her graduation show in London, they quickly gained a lot of attention on the internet. She joined forces with Dan Koval and they launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance their little startup. The campaign was a great success, in only 4 days they had reached their funding goal and at the end of the campaign they had reached 250% of their initial goal. Thorunn and Dan founded PyroPet Candle Company and are now selling Kisa in shops and galleries all around the world. More products will be added to the collection in the beginning of 2017.
Thorunn Arnadottir is an Icelandic designer based in Reykjavík. She graduated with MA in Design Products at Royal College of Arts in London 2011. Before that she finished BA in Product Design at Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik in 2007. Thorunn has exhibited in galleries all over the world, such as the V&A in London, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and Shanghai Power Station of Art. In 2013 she was selected as one of the 50 talents that are shaping the future by Icon Magazine. In 2014 she was nominated for the Icon Awards for “Best Emerging Design Studio”.
Over his career Dan Koval has successfully brought over 30 new products to market. His products range from gifts and home accessories to furniture and housewares. Dan holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BBA in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.