And Don't Decorate It

April 10, 2013
Hosted by Ann Ascher and Eleanor Schrader Schapa

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As a follow-up to The Getty Exhibition entitled “Overdrive: Los Angeles Constructs the Future, 1940-1990”, Celebrity real estate agent and architecture expert Bret Parsons will discuss the current nostalgia for Mid-Century Modern design in Los Angeles. He will define the differences between pre-WWII and post-WWII architecture and discuss the optimism of the era as defined through real estate developments, television programming, and interior design and furnishings.

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With a flair for the mischievous and with an eye for intrigue, Ann and Eleanor will reveal the stories behind the design and interview some of the most renowned names in the world of design.

Design should be enlightening, educational, inspirational, and fun. Dishing the Dirt on Design will tantalize listeners with stories and information about all the glamour and glitz behind the mysteries of art history, fabulous fashion, homes of the rich and famous, glittering travel destinations, and everything else in the realm of style and design.

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Ann Ascher and Eleanor Schrader Schapa

Ann Ascher is a renowned interior designer with an international interior design clientele covering both residential and commercial projects. The Robb Report named her as one of the "World's Top 40 Interior Designers," adding that “she is one of the individuals who has taken design to a new level.” Her projects include apartments at the legendary Carlyle Hotel in New York City, including the renovation and design of the former apartment of President John F. Kennedy. Her projects include elegant homes, prestigious clubs, and corporate offices in the United States and abroad.

Eleanor Schrader Schapa is an architectural and interior design historian and consultant who lectures worldwide and conducts travel tours on architecture, art, furniture, decorative arts, and interiors. She has been named a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture and interior design. She is also a Professor of Art and Architectural History at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby’s Institute in London and New York. She has served as a Design Review Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills.

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