Kreiss Designers trump Twin Towers

July 17, 1997


Kreiss Designers trump Twin Towers


Kreiss of La Jolla has introduced its Kreiss Collection at the luxury Twin Towers high-rise homes on the San Diego Bay waterfront.  Not only has the internationally acclaimed home furnishings and design company received great recognition at The Harbor Club, but its reputation has brought another big contract: designing condominium models for the famous Trump International Hotel and Towers in Manhattan.


“It’s all very exciting and most challenging,” said Michael Kreiss, president.  “We’ve always admired the style of the ‘California Look’ that has become synonymous with the Kreiss name.  We relish the challenge to offer the more textured feeling in a home.


“We need more functional, comfortable and roomy homes – homes that make one feel warm and cozy, even when they offer the world’s greatest views.”


There has been a great temptation to create a cold and corporate look for high rises apartments, according to Kreiss.  “So to get away from that format, Kreiss offered tumbled marbles, aged slate, raw silk with distressed wood and hand-hammered iron in our ‘homes for elegant living.’  The condo is now seen as a home rather than a room with a view,” Kreiss added.


The Harbor Club and Kreiss recently introduced two Kreiss-designed high-rise homes.  In addition to designing the interior backgrounds and furnishing the homes, the principals also launched their “partners in elegant living” campaign, opening a Harbor Club/Kreiss Hospitality Center (sales) in the Harbor Club’s commercial space.


As luck would have it, a Rancho Santa Fe couple purchased one of the new Kreiss high-rise suites upon its completion, and the Kreiss Company had to build a third Harbor Club model to replace it.  This was the second time for such immediate approval of a Kreiss creation.  Once before hospitality suite was snapped up by a San Diego resident who saw the model before it was officially unveiled and bought it.


One of the two model homes in the view towers offers the “California Look” and the other a Mediterranean-themed look.  Both models feature a vibrant lifestyle of breath-taking interiors to match the spectacular harbor views, Point Loma and cityscapes ever-present in the towers.


The Kreiss Collection, known for its handmade, hand-crafted and all-natural materials, once shown only in La Jolla and Palm Springs, now boasts 15 showrooms throughout the country as well as in Tokyo and Mexico City.


The Kreiss client list includes such names as Barbra Streisand, Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jordon and Janet Jackson.


“Our Kreiss Collection in the Harbor Club includes not only exquisite furniture, but Kreiss-designed fabrics, bedding, linens and all one-of-a-kind accessories,” said Kit Schindler, director of sales and marketing for The Harbor.


The Harbor Club, now two years old, is 50 percent sold out of its view twin towers condominiums in downtown San Diego at 100 Harbor Drive.  Each tower has 100 homes, mostly three to a floor, with some full-floor penthouses.  The one, two, three bedroom homes range in price from $225,000 to $1.5 million.


The Kreiss Collection can be seen at 7770 Girard Ave.


Published in the La Jolla Village News Vol 2 No 36