Who we are
Alki´s path started in 1981 in a small village in the northern Basque Country, in Itsasu. In a time of economic difficulties a group of five friends founded a small chair factory that we named Alki "which means chair in Basque" with the aim of creating jobs in a weakly industrialised region. The cooperative status was the most suitable to our values which are an essential part of our day-to-day existence
Combining ancestral tradition and modern technology, Alki now offers conviviality in a more contemporary style.
Any person or entity is always defined by many features and characteristics. Everything we do as individuals or as a collective or organisation speaks what we are, what we like, what we defend, what we believe in. Some of these features are palpable, others are intangible. It is these last ones that we are interested in. At Alki we gathered these principles, that help us communicate who we are and what we believe in.
"BECAUSE YOU WERE WE ARE,BECAUSE WE ARE THEY WIL BE"
Alki uses the memory of the past, which forms our identity, as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. In this way, the future takes on meaning for us as the continuation of this narrative. The company continues to evolve along these lines, using our know- how to craft products that are imbued with sentimental value.
"WORKING TOGETHER TRUSTING EACH OTHER"
The men and women who have chosen to work at Alki believe passionately in the cooperative economic model. They have built a company with a solid economic and human foundation, one that does justice to the idea of a collective. Another factor that contributes to this success is the company's careful selection of local partners that provide us with the highest quality services.
"BEING SUSTAINABLE IS NOT AN OPTION,IT IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD"
At Alki, oak, the most noble of woods, is more than a raw material. It is a symbol of our deep commitment to guiding the company towards rational and sustainable development.
"YOU CAN'T RUSH WHATIS MEANT TO LAST"
At Alki's core lies an abundance of skill and know- how that blurs the boundaries between the artisanal and the industrial. For more than thirty years, different trades and diverse experiences have been contributing to a shared goal that everyone is proud to believe in.
"THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE ESSENTIAL"
Our approach to design is a simple one. For us, design isn't a disguise, but rather the continuous pursuit of purification. The relationship between a person and an object, the resonance of a piece, the pleasure that one gets from using it... that's what matters to us.
"MADE IN THE BASQUE COUNTRY"
Alki grew out of a strong desire to live and work in our region. More than a furniture company, this is a genuine economic and cultural endeavour. The goal of the cooperative is to contribute to the development of the Basque Country by generating jobs and wealth.