Jakub Janiga founded his company IZBA in 2000. His interest in metal started as a child working with blacksmiths in northern Slovakia. he obtained his masters at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Janiga has participated in more than 20 exhibitions in Europe and the US. he has won the Slovak National Design Prize and the European design contest "Rings in Water" for his designs. Janiga now works out of Michigan with design products sold in Europe and the US.