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Marianne Goebl appointed director of Design Miami/

Dezeenwire: Marianne Goebl  (below) has been appointed director of design collectors' fair Design Miami/.

Dezeen Marianne Goebl new Design Miami director

Goebl, currently head of international public relations and partnerships at furniture brand Vitra, will take up the position in February 2011, replacing founding director Ambra Medda, who announced her decision to leave earlier this year.

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Here's the press release from Design Miami/:

Marianne Goebl to start in February 2011

December 6, 2010 - Design Miami/, the global forum for design, announced today that Marianne Goebl has been appointed Director, effective February 2011.

Goebl brings to her position ten years of experience in the design field, most recently as Head of International Public Relations & Partnerships for Vitra. In this role, Goebl has been responsible for Vitra's international public relations strategy, brand collaborations and partnerships. She was responsible for the exhibition concept, execution, and media relations campaign for "VitraHaus," along with the brand collaborations and communications strategy for "Vitra Campus." Prior to this position, Goebl served as the Director for "Vitra Edition," the company's laboratory for the creation of experimental and collectible design works. As Director for "Vitra Edition," Goebl worked closely alongside world-renowned designers including Ron Arad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, and Jasper Morrison, among others. These works have been shown at Art Basel 2007, Design Museum London, Triennale di Milano, and Phillips & de Pury, London.

Goebl has a Master's Degree in International Management with a specialization in Marketing from Vienna University of Economics and Business and an undergraduate degree from Grande Ecole HEC in Paris. She speaks German, French, English, Spanish, and Italian.

Craig Robins, principal of Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel commented, "Under the leadership of Marianne, we are confident that Design Miami/ will continue to grow while ensuring the fair's position as the premier global forum on design. Marianne will have an opportunity to build on the extraordinary growth we have experienced in our first six years. By cultivating our cultural and commercial point of view, Marianne will continue to enrich the dynamic community of galleries, collectors, institutions and corporate partners that comprise Design Miami/."

"Design for Marianne has always been more than a job but an authentic passion, one which she embraces in a rigorous, energetic, and extremely sensible manner," said Didier Krzentowski, Founder of Galerie kreo. "Her appointment represents a wind of change that demonstrates what the fairs in Miami and Basel deserve--which is nothing less than to be the only two that count in the entire world."

"I am honored and excited to begin working with the Design Miami/ team," said Marianne Goebl. "While collectible design is still a young field, it consistently demonstrates an incredible level of creative expression, freedom, and innovation. I am convinced that design plays a hugely important role within the contemporary cultural landscape and am eager to contribute to the next phase of growth for the fair."


Design Miami/ is the most prominent and substantive forum for international design, representing a convergence of commerce and culture. Its annual shows in Basel, Switzerland (June) and Miami, USA (December) bring together the most influential designers, collectors, dealers, curators, and critics from around the world. For further information, visit and


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