The internationally known architecture and design historian Volker Fischer was deputy director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main for over ten years. Since 1995 he has built up a new design department in the Museum for Applied Arts in Frankfurt; in addition to his museum work he teaches history of architecture and design at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Offenbach. Stephan von der Schulenburg studied art history, philosophy, German language and literature, Japanology and Sinology in Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Kyoto and Heidelberg. After an internship at the Linden-Museum Stuttgart he became the curator of the Asian collection at the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt in 1990. He has staged numerous exhibitions and written widely on East Asian art, with a focus on Chinese ceramics, Japanese Art in the early Edo period and East Asian contemporary art. He has taught at the University of Bonn in 2001.