Ajeto Glassworks

Hundreds of glass-components for the installations of Dale Chihuly were realised at Ajeto.

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It is the world famous modern factory connected with the name of the designer Borek Sipek. Their products can be found in the collections of the famous people, f.i. Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bill Clinton. The glass-components for Dale Chihuly were realised at Ajeto.
5-6 HOUR ROUND TRIP

A combination with Novy Bor crystal factories , Melnik castle , Sychrov castle , Kost castle , Vintage Skoda car museum or Skoda car faktory is available.





Right from it’s very beginnings, Ajeto is a place from where exquisite glass creations reach out to the world of art and design, now for well over ten years. The phenomenon of Ajeto unique style and international renown, was conjured up by the unique trio of Borek Sipek, Petr Novotny and Libor Fafala, during the era before the veil Iron Curtain was torn down in the Czechoslovak Velvet revolution of 1989.
Trying to sum-up the specific past achievements of Ajeto would be a hard task for anyone. Only during Borek Sipek’s post as the Prague Castle architect, named by then Czech President Vaclav Havel, Ajeto has played a key role in the refurbishment of the presidential offices by realising the architectural glass, chandeliers, lighting fixtures, tableware and a wide range of furniture fittings designed by Borek Sipek. Most importantly Ajeto glass has represented the Czech Republic on numerous occasions in the form of official presidential gifts, now taking place of honour in the collections of presidents, and royals all over the world, to name just a few, the ex-president of the United States of America Bill Clinton, the French president Jacques Chirac, the Lebanese president Emil Lahud, His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway, Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako of Japan, and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco.
Ajeto and Borek Sipek glass also has a place in the collections of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld or Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as the Czech celebrities Vaclav Havel, Halina Pawlovska, Marta Kubisova, Jan Triska, Michael Kocab and many others.
Amongst the past Ajeto projects worthy a note is the Skoda stand at the 2000 World EXPO in Volfsburg. The monumental lighting fixtures and architectural glass elements designed by Borek Sipek were only made possible by the skill and innovation of the Ajeto craftsmen.
A recent addition to the long list of major projects is the Czech Airlines Sky Team Crystal Lounge at the Prague International airport, designed by Borek Sipek. Ajeto produced a bright mix of vases, tables, and furniture parts creating the glamorous yet relaxed atmosphere of the Crystal Lounge.
The beginning of 2005 was marked by a major glass installation commissioned by Zepter International. Ajeto manufactured a 15 meters long and 3.5 meters wide chandelier for the Beograd Opera house, again designed by Borek Sipek.
Over the years of its existence, Ajeto has been the glass-studio of choice for the Czech art-glass pioneer Rene Roubicek. It is at Ajeto that Rene Roubicek created many of his works that now grace the exhibition halls of worlds major art institutions and numerous private collection across the globe. Glass made at Ajeto has entered the pages of glass-art history at the hands of Dale Chihuly, hundreds of glass-components for his installations were realised at Ajeto.
Two of the jewels of the worlds oceans, the liners Carnival Pride and Carnival Spirit are embellished by hundreds of glass creations from the Ajeto glassworks.
For a number of years now, Borek Sipek’s collections made at Ajeto have successfully featured among the offerings of the world-renowned design label Rosenthal. This year’s Rosenthal collection is an unequalled show of Borek’s fresh style and unmatched skill of Ajeto craftsmen.
Through the 20 year long relationship between Borek Sipek and the exclusive Italian design label Driade, Ajeto glass has become an inseparable part of the Driade collections. Driade currently offers in the vicinity of 100 unique Ajeto design pieces.
To work with Ajeto, for Ajeto, or having just a hint of association with the glassworks commands professional respect of the highest regard world-wide. Ajeto is not just a place to do ones work, it is a lifestyle.

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Ajeto glassworks is the world famous modern factory connected with the name of the designer Borek Sipek. Their products can be found in the collections of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld or Jean Paul Gaultier, Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac, the Lebanese president Emil Lahud, His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway, Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako of Japan, and Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco and many others. The glass-components of Dale Chihuly for his installations were realised at Ajeto.

Borek Sipek was born in 1949 in Prague. During 1964 – 1968, he studied furniture design at the Art Academy in Prague. After the Russian occupation in 1968 he immigrated to Germany. There he studied at the Art Academy in Hamburg from 1969 to 1973, and from 1973 – 1977 he completed a study in philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. During 1977 – 1979 he served as a teacher’s assistant at the University for Industrial-design in Hannover. In 1979 he finished his doctorate in architecture at the technical University in Delft. From 1979 until 1983 Borek Sipek taught design theory at the University in Essen. In 1983 he was awarded a prestigious architectural prize for his design of a glass house in Hamburg which he made for his sister. The same year he moved to Amsterdam where he started his own studio for architecture and design named Studio Sipek. From there he started visiting the Czech Republic again where he, with thanks to Rene Roubicek, started working with glass-master Peter Novotny. Borek Sipek’s creations have been put on display in numerous museums across the world, for example: The Museum of Modern art in New York Umelecko-prumyslové Museum in Prague Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam Museum of Decorative Art in Paris and many more….
He works for several renowned design firms, such as: DRIADE, MALETTI and CLETO MUNARI in Italy LEITNER, QUARTETT, WITMANN and SWAROVSKI in Austria VITRA in Switzerland SÉVRES, CHRISTOFLE and SAINT-GOBAIN in France AJETO, ARZENAL and NOVITO in the Czech Republic
It is 2 hours to drive to North from Prague.
Trip:
1)Ajeto Glassworks CN7 - 5-6 hour round trip

Trips combinations:
2)Ajeto Glassworks CN7 + Melnik castle CN1 - 8hour round trip
3)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Melnik castle CN1 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 8hour round trip
4)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 7hour round trip
5)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Terezin concentration camp CNW3 - 8hour round trip
6)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Strekov castle CNWW2 - 8hour round trip
7)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Kasak´s glassworks CE3 - 9hour round trip
8)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Terezin concentration camp CNW3 + Strekov castle CNWW2 - 10hour round trip
9)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Duchcov castle CNWW2 - 8hour round trip
10)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Terezin concentration camp CNW3 + Melnik castle CN1- 10hour round trip
11)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Karlovy Vary spa CWW2 - 12hour round trip
12)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Strekov castle CNWW2 + Karlovy Vary spa CWW2 - 12hour round trip
13)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 8hour round trip
14)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 - 8hour round trip
15)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 8hour round trip
16)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 9hour round trip
17)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Sychrov castle CNN5 - 8hour round trip
18)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Kost castle CNN4 - 8hour round trip
19)Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 + Kost castle CNN4 - 10hour round trip




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