Czech architect Boris Sipek dies

Czech architect Borek Sipek, best known for his work for late President Vaclav Havel has died at the age of 66.

Sipek emigrated from communist Czechoslovakia after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion that crushed the liberal reforms known as the Prague Spring. He studied architecture in Germany before establishing a studio in the Netherlands.

He worked with a number of brands, including Driade, Wittmann, Swarovski, Leitner, Quartet, Vitra, Sevres, Saint-Gobain and Rosenthal.

After the 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Sipek became the chief architect at the Prague Castle, the seat of the presidency. There he created chandeliers, furniture and some new entrances to the building.