Biography Borek Sipek

1949 Born in Prague
1964 - 1968 Furniture Design course at the School for Arts and Crafts in Prague
1968 Moved to Hamburg
1969 Architecture course at the High School for Art in Hamburg
1973 Philosophy course in Stuttgart
1977 - 1979 Scientific assistant at the Institute for Industrial Design at the University of Hannover
1979 Graduation in architecture at the Technical University of Delft on the topic 'Relation between Architecture and Semiotics'
1979 - 1983 Lecturer in design-theory at the University of Essen, Germany
1983 Honourable mention for the 'German Architecture Prize' for design of Sipkova house, Hamburg
Moved to Amsterdam and opened architecture design studio
1987 Solo exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Lyon
1989 Awarded the Kho Liang I prize for design
1990 Senior lecturer in Architecture at the Prague Academy of Applied Arts
1990 Solo exhibition at Steltman Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1991 Solo exhibition at 'The Stedelijk Museum', Amsterdam
1991 Awarded 'La Croix Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Government
1992 Appointed as Court Architect in Prague by President Vaclav Havel
1992 Solo exhibition at the 'Vitra Design Museum' in Weil am Rhein, Switzerland
1992 Participation in the villa project 'Meerbusch', Düsseldorf, initiated by PAN GmbH, Düsseldorf
1993 Solo exhibition at the Museum for Decorative Arts in Prague
1993 Awarded the 'Prins Bernhard Fonds' prize for Architecture and Applied Arts
1993 - 1995 Works at various architectural projects:
'Museum Het Kruithuis' in Den Bosch, The Netherlands.
Karl Lagerfeld boutique on Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris.
Private houses in The Netherlands and Germany.
Opera House in Kyoto.
62 Apartments for the municipality of Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
Façade for departmentstore 'Komatsu' in Tokyo, Japan.
Showroom for The Steltman Collection, Amsterdam.
1996 Solo exhibit at the Denver Art Museum
1996 Solo exhibit at Steltman Gallery, New York
1997 Somnisactum, Solo exhibit at Steltman Gallery, Amsterdam
1998 Solo exhibition at the Národní Museum (The National Museum) in Prague
1998 Appointed as Professor Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna
1999-2001 works at various architectural projects:
Art Centre 'Arzenal' in Prague, Private houses in Amsterdam, Pavilion for Skoda international automobile exhibition in Hannover, Woongalerie in Amsterdam
2002 Solo exhibition 'Ame fantasque du design' Centre Tcheque, Paris
Solo exhibition 'Borek Sipek. 1982-2002', Prague
2003 Solo exhibition in Vienna

Work is included in the collections of the following museums:
Museum for Decorative Art in Prague, The Czech Republic  
Museum of Modern Art in New York, US
'Kunstmuseum' in Düsseldorf, Germany
'The Stedelijk Museum' in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Museum Boymans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Museum for Decorative Arts in Lyon and Paris, France
The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, US
The Hague Municipal Museum, The Netherlands
Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Switzerland
Design Museum in London, United Kingdom
Denver Art Museum in Denver, US
Het Kruithuis in Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Designed objects for:
Alessi, Cleto Munari, Driade Spa, Maletti, Sawaya Moroni in Italy
Leitner, Wittmann in Austria
Vitra, Milus in Switzerland
Sèvres, Daum in France
Anthologie Quartett, Süssmuth in Germany
Steltman Collection in The Netherlands
Ajeto in The Czech Republic
Scarabas in Belgium
   
   
Bibliography
1988 Borek Sipek à Lyon, Gert Staal, Lyon
1990 Borek Sipek, Mamince, Steltman, Amsterdam
1991 Stijl Vormt Functie, Reyer Kras, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1992 Borek Sipek, The Nearness of Far, Alexander Von Vegesack
Vitra, Weil Am Rhein, Switzerland
1993 Borek Sipek, The Steltman Collection
Borek Sipek, Architectuur Betovering, Ellen Siebert and Wim De Wagt, Haarlem
Borek Sipek, Blizkost Dalky, Steltman, Amsterdam
Borek Sipek, The Steltman Collection I, Steltman Editions, Amsterdam. ISBN 90-71867-10-2
1996 Borek Sipek, The Steltman Collection II, Steltman Editions, Amsterdam. ISBN 90-71867-12-9
2002 Borek Sipek, Paris-Praha 2002, Arzenal, Prague
2002 Architecture, Studio Sipek, Prague