Holger Schmidhuber studied painting and communications design in Wiesbaden and New York. He is a co-founder and chairman of the agency Fuenfwerken Design AG. The core of his work is strategic brand promotion, and the development of systematic concepts for corporate design and identity. He is a member of the Type Directors Club in New York, the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), and the Art Directors Club, New York. He lectures at universities, companies, and trade conferences.
Holger Schmidhuber has been teaching at various colleges and universities since 2003. From 2008 – 2009, he held a professorship for visual communications at the Free University in Bolzano, Italy; he has been a professor in the time-based media design course at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences since 2010. He is also a visual artist who has shown his work internationally.
Landgrave Donatus von Hessen heads up the family’s Hessische foundation and the non-profit House of Hesse cultural foundation. Both foundations are dedicated to preserving and promoting the dynasty’s art and cultural heritage and making them accessible to the public. The foundations generate the funds for that enormous task with estates and agricultural properties, including the Panker and Schmoel farmsteads in Schleswig-Holstein, a Trakehner stud farm, and two five-star hotels in the Rhine-Main region, the Schlosshotel Kronberg and the Grand Hotel Hessischer Hof. In addition, they mount various outdoor events in areas such as gardens, artisanry, and design, and own the renowned Prinz von Hessen vineyard.
Landgrave Donatus studied business in Hamburg, with additional training as a real estate economist.
He lives with his wife Floria and three children in Kronberg im Taunus.
He is an avid rider, breeds Trakehners, and devotes much of his private time and energy to promotional activities for the arts and culture.