Almaco is a family business, started in 1989 by manager Ludo Cornelis and his wife, Marijke Serrien. This with the mission to produce high-quality customization, in which the customer is central. Passionate about wood, Ludo has immersed himself in professional literature throughout his career and continuously retrained himself. The result is a unique craft subject, so good that he started sharing it with others in evening education in Mechelen as a teacher. Throughout his career, this knowledge was particularly appreciated, with the icing on the cake a project in Monaco where an entire apartment with massive wood Lambrizerings and cabinets had to be placed in solid cedar.
This passion is still present, as Ludo gives monthly workshops in carvings and wood turning. All this knowledge is also documented and will soon be available in his first book.
This knowledge goes from father to son; Joris Cornelis continues the case. Started as an aircraft engineer at Brussels Airlines in 2007, perfection is not a challenge. Until 2015 still licensed technician on boeing 767 among others, he decided at the end of 2015 to make a career switch to work closer to home and discover the passion of wood. Several courses later in CNC-driven production & technical drawing provide a breath of fresh air in the company that go hand in hand with the artisanal knowledge that has been built up over the years.
In 2015, production was moved from Antwerp to Barvaux s/O, Durbuy region, in Belgium. Here there was a lot of investment in a new building with showroom. The new CNC-controlled production line for the manufacture of custom cabinets was also launched during the same period. This line is unique, as it is customizable at all times and is therefore not bound by standard sizes, but can still offer the advantages of computer controlled production.
At the beginning of 2016, our interior architect Sofie Bruyneel started at Almaco. It is a key tool in design, taking into account the needs and wishes, but also by taking into account the practical side of the matter. Is the kitchen or bathroom useful to use? There are often countless things that need to be taken into account in order to make a design aesthetically correct but also practical. Most of the realizations on this website are her own. Design is an important part of our business, and is therefore irrevocably woven into our corporate mission:
“Our mission is to deliver absolutely top-of-the-range solutions, not only tailored to the space, but especially to the customer’s needs with his story and personality. by taking time to engage and listen; by not seeing any restrictions, but possibilities and solutions; by continuing where others give up.Mission Almaco Interior
‘The details are not the details; they make the design.Charles Eames