Life story

Bořek Šípek was a worldwide known architect and designer, reputable professor, visionary, cosmopolitan, postmodernists, self-made man, excellent cook, admirer of the Asian culture… However, according to his colleagues, students and friends, Bořek Šípek is especially a good man with a great personality.


More than thirty books and catalogues presenting Šípek's work and life were published so far. "Sipek and Lyon" was the first solo catalogue of Bořek Šípek, prepared and published by the Steltman Gallery in Amsterdam in 1988. In 1990 Bořek Šípek published his first author's book dedicated to his dead mother "Mamince".


The life of Bořek Šípek is a typical story about big world self-made men. At nineteen, having nothing, he emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Germany. Graduated from Architecture in Hamburg and Philosophy in Stuttgart. At his Christ's he moved to the Netherlands and after the velvet revolution he returns back to his motherland…


Bořek Šípek had more than 70 single exhibitions and his work is included in the collections of the most reputable world museums. Among others it is Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, Design Museum London, The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Kunstmuseum in Düsseldorf, National Museum in Prague, Denver Art Museum…


During his professional career, Bořek Šípek had opportunity to cooperate with many of the best worldwide photographers. Some of them just came into his life for a while or one special photoshooting, but many of them became close friends like Jan Saudek, Anton Corbijn, Nobuyoshi Araki, Erwin Olaf, Jaroslav Brabec, Alan Pajer and many others.

Worked for...

Bořek Šípek had the opportunity to cooperate with the most prestigious design companies. He designed objects for Alessi, Cleto Munari, Driade, Maletti, Sawaya & Moroni in Italy; Vitra and Milus in Switzerland; Sévres and Daum in France; Rosenthal, Anthologie Quartett and Süssmuth in Germany; Leitner and Wittmann in Austria etc.