VIENNA, Va. — The new Concierge Lounge at Tysons Corner Marriott is more than a great place to relax and network.
The sophisticated, welcoming space was redesigned in August with the discerning traveler in mind, featuring a palette of rich colors and textures, flat-panel televisions and comfortable seating. Amenities include breakfast with fresh fruits and pastries and premium coffees and teas, quick afternoon refreshments, and evening cocktails,
hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Concierge Level guests who visit this inviting oasis on the hotel's 15th floor will be treated to an exhibit of Colorbar Murrine Art Glass by award-winning local artist Robert Wiener from the DC Art Glass studio in Washington, D.C. Pieces from the exhibit are also available for purchase.
The process of murrine art glass incorporates mosaic techniques originated over 3,000 years ago, prior to the discovery of glassblowing. Weiner developed his Colorbar Murrine Series™ by joining the hot glass technique perfected in Murano, Italy with the kilnformed, or warm glass process. The art glass is cut, arranged and placed in a kiln where it is carefully heated to a temperature that causes the glass to melt, or fuse together. After the cooling process, or annealing, the result is creating cane, or glass bars. The cane, or "colorbars" as Weiner calls them, may be further manipulated by combining several bars and re-firing, or they can be heated in a glory hole and pulled (stretched). As practiced in Murano, the cane is eventually cut into many small pieces, called millefiori or murrine. Each murrine is meticulously arranged by hand and then fired together to produce the final piece.
Tysons Corner Marriott is located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Va. Concierge Level rooms with access to the new Concierge Lounge start at $329 per night. For reservations, call 800-228-9290 or visit marriott.com/wastc.