Maile Pingel is a design historian and writer. After obtaining a Master of Philosophy in the Decorative Arts from the University of Glasgow, then affiliated with Christie’s Education, she began her career as a researcher in the Decorative Arts Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. During those years, she curated the Early American galleries and helped organize exhibitions on California design and the Arts and Crafts movement. Looking for a change, she took the job of Research Editor at Architectural Digest, eventually also overseeing travel, real estate and book features. Today, Maile writes frequently for Angeleno and Luxe magazines, among others, and indulges her love for antiques with an online shop for "smalls." She also loves family history, and having discovered a cast of characters that includes Elizabethan dramatist Thomas Lodge, her 10th great-grandfather, she has begun her first novel.
Most recently, Maile reconnected with her former AD colleagues to help realize Paige Rense’s new book, Architectural Digest: Autobiography of a Magazine 1920-2010, published by Rizzoli this October. The two-year project involved writing the histories that open each chapter and organizing Paige’s extensive, funny and charmingly written memories of her forty years at the helm of the magazine.
Maile lives in L.A. with her husband, dog and cat.