World-class artist, designer, and architect Bořek Šípek was born in Prague in 1949. Šípek studied furniture design at the School for Arts and Crafts in Prague, architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Hamburg, and philosophy at the Technical University in Stuttgart. He obtained his Doctorate in architecture at the Technical University of Delft in 1979. From 1990-1998, he was professor of architecture at the Prague Academy of Applied Arts, and, in 1998, was appointed as court architect of Prague Castle by President Václav Havel. Šípek's architectural works have been collected by famous personalities such as Miloš Forman, Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan, and have garnered several major awards. He has also created designs for numerous influential design firms, including Cleto Munari, Dior, Driade, Sawaya & Moroni, Vitra, Manufactures Nationales de Sèvres, Swarovski, and Anthologie Quartett.