NEW YORK, NY - April 25, 2018 | MARKZEFF, an award-winning interior design and branding firm, was tasked with maintaining the grandeur of the iconic Marquette hotel in Minneapolis while also imbuing the interiors with a modern style. After being converted into the first Curio Collection by Hilton property in Minnesota, Zeff was commissioned to do a $25 million full property renovation, including 282-completely updated guestrooms as well as a new lobby, food and beverage outlets, public spaces and more. The result is an effortless marriage of the city’s history and heritage with thoughtful contemporary interiors.

The design was inspired by 19th century French explorer Jacques Marquette, who charted and catalogued new areas of the Americas and became proficient in the indigenous languages of the tribes he met. His ability to bridge the gap between cultures and contribute to regional discovery had a huge impact on the city, and is evident in touches like an image of the river he mapped on the wall of the redesigned and rebranded bar and restaurant, Jacques.


“By paying tribute to Jacques Marquette’s contributions to the region, we celebrate the history of both Minneapolis and the hotel’s eponymous figure,” says founder Mark Zeff. “Our design elevates the presence of the past with a twenty-first-century sophistication.”


The lobby features open-concept spaces and a carefully selected collection of inviting furnishings, modern designs and textures that evoke the feeling of a well-curated art gallery. Ambient lighting and cozy seating invites travelers to relax in chic surroundings, while also creating an effortless space in which to conduct a business meeting or connect with friends over cocktails.  

Every one of the 282-guestrooms and suites have been updated with an upscale residential feel that includes monochromatic themes, with clean lines and hardwood floors and soft wood accents of marble for an upscale residential feel.


Mark Zeff, founder of the world-renowned and namesake design firm MARKZEFF, is a lifestyle thought leader for hotel design, architecture, residential and restaurant design, and home furnishings inspired by extensive globe-trotting. A native of South Africa, Mark has numerous ongoing residential projects as well as hospitality projects for Virgin Hotels, Canopy by Hilton, Kimpton and others. Mark, with his wife Kristen, is also the visionary behind BLACKBARN, a lifestyle brand that embodies living with ease, sumptuous beauty, and style simultaneously, first realized in the design of his Hamptons home. For more information, please visit