Marianne Goebl has been appointed Artek’s new global managing director, following Mirkku Kullberg, who will now head Vitra Home and take over the presidency of Artek’s board of directors.
“I am honored and excited to join Artek, one of the most relevant and innovative contributors to modern design, at this decisive stage,” said Goebl. “I look forward to further developing this unique project on an international level, building upon its extraordinary design legacy with due respect to Artek’s status as a Finnish national treasure.”
Goebl brings more than a decade of experience at the intersection of design culture and commerce, most recently as director of DesignMiami and DesignMiami/Basel, where she served from 2011 to 2014. From 2001 to 2011, she worked at Vitra, where she significantly contributed to new initiatives such as the Vitra Home Collection, the Vitra Edition and the VitraHaus, collaborating with leading designers and architects, including Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Hella Jongerius, and Jasper Morrison, among others.
“I am very happy that Marianne is back and will dedicate her extraordinary energy and experience to the Artek project,” said Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman emeritus of Vitra. “I’m equally happy that Mirkku is now in charge of Vitra Home, a division which will strongly contribute to Vitra’s growth in the coming years.”