Published: 12 Aug 2014

Master Speaker: Leon Jakimic, President of Lasvit

Leon Jakimic, President of the internationally successful glass design company Lasvit, will be joining us for the first Master Speaker series event of the new semester. He will talk about the history and mission of the firm, as well as examining the position and challenges of Czech companies as they enter the global market

Lasvit, founded in 2007 and based in the Czech Republic, is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom contemporary light fittings, feature architectural glass installations and lighting collections. The company is committed to overcoming the traditional boundaries of the field by using and exploring glass and experimenting with new and unconventional manufacturing processes. Lasvit’s glass art designs combine the finest traditions and craft in innovative Bohemian glass making with world-class research and development facilities for design, engineering, lighting technology, and metal manufacturing, all under one roof.

Lasvit’s commitment to creativity and innovation has resulted in creative collaborations with some of the world’s most celebrated designers including Daniel Libeskind, Ross Lovegrove, Nendo Studio, Maarten Baas, Arik Levy, Fabio Novembre and Michael Young. Projects vary from glass lighting sculptures for private residences, large-scale hospitality installations and a wide range of uniquely shaped glass panels for the architecture industry. Each of them fully illustrates Lasvit´s mission: To transform glass into breathtaking light and design experience.

Leon Jakimic, the Founder and President of Lasvit, was born in Liberec, Czech Republic in 1975. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as well as an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg – HKUST program in Hong Kong.

Mr Jakimic founded Lasvit s.r.o. in 2007 through the acquisition of BOS s.r.o., a maker of residential light fittings. He re-branded the company to “Lasvit“ and transformed it into a leading designer and manufacturer of bespoke light fittings, feature glass installations and award-winning collections. Today, Lasvit boasts a staff of 600 professionals and 12 offices worldwide. Mr Jakimic proudly dedicates his professional life to supporting the tradition of craftsmanship in the Czech Republic and working to garner recognition worldwide.

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6pm - Room 001