Design is having a moment. These days the form of a skyscraper, a sneaker or even a bucket is just as important as its function. The internet educates us on what good design looks like and technology makes acquiring it both cheap and easy. As some smart creative hired by Target masterfully coined, “design for all.” 

Case in point: the newly renovated Marriott at Towson University. Ten years ago, they probably could have gotten away with some fresh burgundy carpeting a new Nespresso machine in the lobby. In the current era — the era of “Nate Berkus for Bed Bath & Beyond”– things need to be a little snappier. 

And snappy they are. Marriott’s multi-million dollar project includes a chic new lobby. The front desk is illuminated by a wall of back-lit amber colored stone and dramatic Chihulyesque chandeliers. Common spaces are decked out with peridot walls, ikat printed banquettes and mid-century inspired lamps.
The 192 guest suites are also in on the act, with stream-lined furniture and graphic looking crystal lamps. All of it reads hip, modern and maybe even a little edgy. Times are changing…even in Towson.