Charmaine Chan

Charmaine Chan worked as a journalist in Sydney and Tokyo before moving to Hong Kong on the cusp of its handover to China in 1997. More than 10 years ago, after a stint as Books Editor, she became the South China Morning Post's Design Editor. One day she hopes to design a stylish massage chair.
Charmaine Chan
Charmaine Chan worked as a journalist in Sydney and Tokyo before moving to Hong Kong on the cusp of its handover to China in 1997. More than 10 years ago, after a stint as Books Editor, she became the South China Morning Post's Design Editor. One day she hopes to design a stylish massage chair.

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From Hong Kong to Bangkok: interior designer retains edgy, industrial style in Thai home

Known for giving Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese tenements a second life, Andrew Bell works his magic again in his 1,300 sq ft Bangkok duplex, minus his trademark black-framed Central Market windows

30 Jan 2019 - 2:30PM
From Hong Kong to Bangkok: interior designer retains edgy, industrial style in Thai home

Known for giving Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese tenements a second life, Andrew Bell works his magic again in his 1,300 sq ft Bangkok duplex, minus his trademark black-framed Central Market windows

How a Hong Kong couple future-proofed their home to welcome any additions to the family

The 800 sq ft Tin Hau flat has been cleverly designed to not only let in natural light but also allow for a potentially expanding family

9 Jan 2019 - 2:47PM
How a Hong Kong couple future-proofed their home to welcome any additions to the family

The 800 sq ft Tin Hau flat has been cleverly designed to not only let in natural light but also allow for a potentially expanding family

Review | Anxiety is the major mental-health issue of our age, says psychology professor Graham Davey

In his book, The Anxiety Epidemic, academic Graham Davey argues that to find suitable solutions, we must also understand the root of the problem.

28 Dec 2018 - 11:41AM
Anxiety is the major mental-health issue of our age, says psychology professor Graham Davey

In his book, The Anxiety Epidemic, academic Graham Davey argues that to find suitable solutions, we must also understand the root of the problem.

Inside a South African interior designer’s dream home - sustainable living in the Indonesian jungle

Jennifer Newton has created an environmentally friendly jungle idyll in Lombok – ‘I wanted to grow my own food, be self-sufficient and explore if it was possible to live without consuming’

13 Dec 2018 - 3:50PM
Inside a South African interior designer’s dream home - sustainable living in the Indonesian jungle

Jennifer Newton has created an environmentally friendly jungle idyll in Lombok – ‘I wanted to grow my own food, be self-sufficient and explore if it was possible to live without consuming’

Fitting three generations in one apartment: how a Hong Kong interior designer pulled it off

Keith Chan, of Hintegro, has created a Pok Fu Lam flat for a mother, her son, her daughter-in-law and her grandson, the space tied together with the matriarch’s favourite colour

14 Nov 2018 - 3:17PM
Fitting three generations in one apartment: how a Hong Kong interior designer pulled it off

Keith Chan, of Hintegro, has created a Pok Fu Lam flat for a mother, her son, her daughter-in-law and her grandson, the space tied together with the matriarch’s favourite colour

Inside an entrepreneur’s Hong Kong penthouse, where art and maximalism unite

After locking it away for years, an entrepreneur decided to use his new Pok Fu Lam penthouse as a blank canvas for his bold collection

24 Oct 2018 - 3:41PM
Inside an entrepreneur’s Hong Kong penthouse, where art and maximalism unite

After locking it away for years, an entrepreneur decided to use his new Pok Fu Lam penthouse as a blank canvas for his bold collection

The Hong Kong house no one wanted … until it was transformed by a property agent

Habitat Property founder Victoria Allan has injected the 1,800 sq ft Stanley beachfront house with a relaxed Australian vibe

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The Hong Kong house no one wanted … until it was transformed by a property agent

Habitat Property founder Victoria Allan has injected the 1,800 sq ft Stanley beachfront house with a relaxed Australian vibe

Inside a Hong Kong micro flat that shows how to make the most of a small space

An urban apartment’s small size didn’t stop its occupant from populating it with all of her favourite things

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Inside a Hong Kong micro flat that shows how to make the most of a small space

An urban apartment’s small size didn’t stop its occupant from populating it with all of her favourite things

Review | Born Trump: Vanity Fair journalist on America’s first family

Discover more than you ever wanted to know about the family occupying the White House

16 Aug 2018 - 8:33PM
Born Trump: Vanity Fair journalist on America’s first family

Discover more than you ever wanted to know about the family occupying the White House

10 of the best self-help books to improve your life, diet and home environment

Turn the page on unproductive old ways for a happier, healthier and less cluttered tomorrow.

8 Aug 2018 - 8:03PM
10 of the best self-help books to improve your life, diet and home environment

Turn the page on unproductive old ways for a happier, healthier and less cluttered tomorrow.

Review | American lawyer Alan Dershowitz argues against Trump impeachment in new book

Former defence attorney Alan Dershowitz, famous for working on the O.J. Simpson case, contends he is not an advocate for the US president, but for civil liberties

3 Aug 2018 - 8:00PM
American lawyer Alan Dershowitz argues against Trump impeachment in new book

Former defence attorney Alan Dershowitz, famous for working on the O.J. Simpson case, contends he is not an advocate for the US president, but for civil liberties

How fate brought Hong Kong newlyweds their perfect home, a haven in the heart of Mid-Levels

The stars aligned when Ally Chan and Jonas Schmid happened upon a Mid-Levels walk-up apartment, which interiors studio Bean Buro helped transform into a home

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How fate brought Hong Kong newlyweds their perfect home, a haven in the heart of Mid-Levels

The stars aligned when Ally Chan and Jonas Schmid happened upon a Mid-Levels walk-up apartment, which interiors studio Bean Buro helped transform into a home

Review | Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk takes unsubtle aim at Trump’s America in first novel for four years

Set against a dystopian backdrop, Adjustment Day simmers with anger as it offers a less than sophisticated satirical takedown of current societal ills

28 Jul 2018 - 1:01PM
Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk takes unsubtle aim at Trump’s America in first novel for four years

Set against a dystopian backdrop, Adjustment Day simmers with anger as it offers a less than sophisticated satirical takedown of current societal ills

Shoko Asahara: my memories of how Tokyo subway sarin attack spread terror one day in March 1995

Post journalist Charmaine Chan recalls the fear that gripped Tokyo residents in the wake of deadly sarin gas attack on subway, and how they were glued to their TVs in a pre-internet age as police sought Aum Shinrikyo cult members

6 Jul 2018 - 8:28PM
Shoko Asahara: my memories of how Tokyo subway sarin attack spread terror one day in March 1995

Post journalist Charmaine Chan recalls the fear that gripped Tokyo residents in the wake of deadly sarin gas attack on subway, and how they were glued to their TVs in a pre-internet age as police sought Aum Shinrikyo cult members

Review | The obsession with breast milk and lactose intolerance among Chinese - book explores milk myths

American writer Mark Kurlansky sometimes overlooks the science to present an in-depth and entertaining, if difficult to digest, examination of the white stuff

22 Jun 2018 - 3:18PM
The obsession with breast milk and lactose intolerance among Chinese - book explores milk myths

American writer Mark Kurlansky sometimes overlooks the science to present an in-depth and entertaining, if difficult to digest, examination of the white stuff

Review | Are you in a BS job? Author and anthropologist takes no prisoners in provocative new book

From telemarketers to civil servants, David Graeber identifies five categories of jobs that are completely and utterly pointless

15 Jun 2018 - 1:36PM
Are you in a BS job? Author and anthropologist takes no prisoners in provocative new book

From telemarketers to civil servants, David Graeber identifies five categories of jobs that are completely and utterly pointless

How a Hong Kong apartment was redesigned to make the most of its stunning sea views

After failing to realise his dream home on his own, a Lamma homeowner enlisted an interior designer to help reconfigure the cool, contemporary space

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How a Hong Kong apartment was redesigned to make the most of its stunning sea views

After failing to realise his dream home on his own, a Lamma homeowner enlisted an interior designer to help reconfigure the cool, contemporary space

Review | 1980s Philippines, the Gulf war and a disappearing family fortune – writer’s story of fantastic childhood

Cinelle Barnes’ powerful debut Monsoon Magic tells her riches-to-rags tale of growing up in Manila, an incredible story with its roots firmly planted in reality

2 Jun 2018 - 11:15AM
1980s Philippines, the Gulf war and a disappearing family fortune – writer’s story of fantastic childhood

Cinelle Barnes’ powerful debut Monsoon Magic tells her riches-to-rags tale of growing up in Manila, an incredible story with its roots firmly planted in reality

Review | From golf superstar to sex addict: Tiger Woods biography covers all the scandals in salacious detail

The sportsman’s narcissism, insecurities and self-destructive impulses are laid bare, with philandering father shouldering his share of the blame

31 May 2018 - 3:48PM
From golf superstar to sex addict: Tiger Woods biography covers all the scandals in salacious detail

The sportsman’s narcissism, insecurities and self-destructive impulses are laid bare, with philandering father shouldering his share of the blame

Racism in Hong Kong: why ‘your English is very good’ is not a compliment, it’s actually very insulting

An Australian of Chinese descent reveals why she is offended every time she is praised for her excellent English-language skills

19 May 2018 - 10:57PM
Racism in Hong Kong: why ‘your English is very good’ is not a compliment, it’s actually very insulting

An Australian of Chinese descent reveals why she is offended every time she is praised for her excellent English-language skills

Review | How Siamese twins Chang and Eng captivated 19th century America and fathered 21 children

Book explores the social and historical context to the twins’ lives, including the racial anxieties against which their stories played out

17 May 2018 - 9:03PM
How Siamese twins Chang and Eng captivated 19th century America and fathered 21 children

Book explores the social and historical context to the twins’ lives, including the racial anxieties against which their stories played out

A Hong Kong dream home: why it took an Australian couple three years to create the perfect house

Digby and Donna Shepherd took their time when it came to buying and renovating their Sai Kung idyll, and boy, was it worth the wait

10 May 2018 - 10:23AM
A Hong Kong dream home: why it took an Australian couple three years to create the perfect house

Digby and Donna Shepherd took their time when it came to buying and renovating their Sai Kung idyll, and boy, was it worth the wait

Hong Kong interior designers: how to tell the real deal from the impostors

In countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, interior designers are registered on the basis of education and experience. So why doesn’t Hong Kong have a similar system to rein in fly-by-night decorators?

5 May 2018 - 7:46AM
Hong Kong interior designers: how to tell the real deal from the impostors

In countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, interior designers are registered on the basis of education and experience. So why doesn’t Hong Kong have a similar system to rein in fly-by-night decorators?

How a couple’s spacious Hong Kong home tells the story of their journey from Australia to Asia

Spread across five levels and 3,700 square feet, the Peak home of Graeme Fowler and Paul Calder, who have lived in Asia for more than two decades, is filled with keepsakes and furniture they’ve picked up along the way

2 May 2018 - 5:52PM
How a couple’s spacious Hong Kong home tells the story of their journey from Australia to Asia

Spread across five levels and 3,700 square feet, the Peak home of Graeme Fowler and Paul Calder, who have lived in Asia for more than two decades, is filled with keepsakes and furniture they’ve picked up along the way

Review | Debt ‘at the core of Chinese growth’, argues Australian financial journalist

Dinny McMahon speaks to farmers, factory workers and builders to unpack China’s economic development, and perhaps burst its bubble

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Debt ‘at the core of Chinese growth’, argues Australian financial journalist

Dinny McMahon speaks to farmers, factory workers and builders to unpack China’s economic development, and perhaps burst its bubble

Review | Everything you need to know about the vagina – book celebrates female sex organ ‘without even a whiff of shame’

Plus, a chilling tale of cannibalism, inspired by real-life events

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Everything you need to know about the vagina – book celebrates female sex organ ‘without even a whiff of shame’

Plus, a chilling tale of cannibalism, inspired by real-life events

Review | Memoir offers insight into 1970s Tokyo, through the eyes of a foreigner

Plus, a study into the roles that culture, community and genetics play in human development

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Memoir offers insight into 1970s Tokyo, through the eyes of a foreigner

Plus, a study into the roles that culture, community and genetics play in human development

Inside a Hong Kong village house like no other – a stylish, functional family home

Hong Kong’s village houses are as cookie-cutter as they come but one Sai Kung abode stands out from the rest

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Inside a Hong Kong village house like no other – a stylish, functional family home

Hong Kong’s village houses are as cookie-cutter as they come but one Sai Kung abode stands out from the rest

Review | Everyday sexism is rife and even worse for Asian women, new book argues

Plus, how Florida’s famous oranges are actually from China and the sometimes surprising provenance of other daily staples

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Everyday sexism is rife and even worse for Asian women, new book argues

Plus, how Florida’s famous oranges are actually from China and the sometimes surprising provenance of other daily staples

Review | Quidditch tale takes Harry Potter fans on a magical flight of fancy

Delve into the wonderful world of the boy wizard’s favourite sport, read by British actor Andrew Lincoln

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Quidditch tale takes Harry Potter fans on a magical flight of fancy

Delve into the wonderful world of the boy wizard’s favourite sport, read by British actor Andrew Lincoln

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