Charmaine Chan

Hong Kong

Charmaine Chan

Design Editor

Charmaine Chan has worked as a journalist in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. She became the South China Morning Post's Design Editor in 2005, having been its Literary, Deputy Features and Behind The News editor. She covers architecture and interior design, and oversees the books pages. Charmaine is the author of Courtyard Living: Contemporary Houses of the Asia-Pacific (Thames & Hudson).

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Hong Kong’s newest recycling centre is as beautiful as it is useful, with a courtyard for everyone - even pets

The designers of the new recycling centre in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district explain the innovations and inspiration of their architectural studio’s project.

The designers of the new recycling centre in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district explain the innovations and inspiration of their architectural studio’s project.

13 Jan 2022 - 9:26AM
How the Instagrammable East meets West home of Macau egg tart pioneers oozes charm and caprice

Having taken over the Coloane red house from her late brother, Eileen Stow of Macau’s Lord Stow’s Bakery turned the home into as much of a tourist draw as the treats she sells.

Having taken over the Coloane red house from her late brother, Eileen Stow of Macau’s Lord Stow’s Bakery turned the home into as much of a tourist draw as the treats she sells.

6 Jan 2022 - 12:18PM
Why a Tokyo sushi bar is a star exhibit at M+ museum in Hong Kong, reassembled as testament to the subtle minimalism of its designer

Designed in the 1980s by legendary Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata, the Kiyotomo sushi bar, dismantled and transported from Tokyo, is among the most unexpected exhibits at new Hong Kong museum.

Designed in the 1980s by legendary Japanese architect Shiro Kuramata, the Kiyotomo sushi bar, dismantled and transported from Tokyo, is among the most unexpected exhibits at new Hong Kong museum.

12 Nov 2021 - 8:16AM
12 Oct 2021 - 10:12AM
Man-made chemicals are killing us and they’re everywhere – in our food, water, air, clothing, homes and workplaces, author says. It’s why we, and Planet Earth, need a detox

From the food we eat to the air we breathe to the clothes we wear and the personal care products we use, we are exposing ourselves to toxic chemicals, science writer Julian Cribb tells the Post.

From the food we eat to the air we breathe to the clothes we wear and the personal care products we use, we are exposing ourselves to toxic chemicals, science writer Julian Cribb tells the Post.

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20 Aug 2021 - 8:00AM
A must-read history of quarantine, its future – technological – and why public health is meaningless unless we consider ourselves part of a public

From Venice and the Black Death to coronavirus and who knows what, authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley consider the physical and psychological aspects of forced confinement to curb the spread of disease.

From Venice and the Black Death to coronavirus and who knows what, authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley consider the physical and psychological aspects of forced confinement to curb the spread of disease.

10 Aug 2021 - 10:54AM
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Poverty, pollution and profligacy – a fast-fashion horror story that will make you think twice about buying clothes

How and by whom the fast fashion you buy is produced, and what happens to the cast-offs you donate to thrift shops – author Maxine Bédat’s exposé of the apparel industry will make you think twice before buying clothes.

How and by whom the fast fashion you buy is produced, and what happens to the cast-offs you donate to thrift shops – author Maxine Bédat’s exposé of the apparel industry will make you think twice before buying clothes.

21 Jun 2021 - 11:08AM
Toilets – a wasted opportunity: author takes a deep dive into sanitation and how to make it better and save the planet

Author Chelsea Wald takes a deep dive into toilets and the wasted opportunities they represent when it comes to safety, sanitation and saving the planet.

Author Chelsea Wald takes a deep dive into toilets and the wasted opportunities they represent when it comes to safety, sanitation and saving the planet.

3 Sep 2021 - 12:54PM
In Beginners, Tom Vanderbilt argues that you’re never too old to learn something new – and enjoy it

Tom Vanderbilt’s impetus for adding to his abilities arose from escorting his young daughter to her various classes and realising he could join her in certain activities instead of remaining on the sidelines.

Tom Vanderbilt’s impetus for adding to his abilities arose from escorting his young daughter to her various classes and realising he could join her in certain activities instead of remaining on the sidelines.

1 May 2021 - 7:45PM
The Flower Boat Girl tells the story of Cheng Yat Sou, who rose from sexual slavery to pirate royalty

The Flower Boat Girl, the new novel by writer and cartoonist Larry Feign, tells the story of a real-life Tanka boat girl who rose from sexual slavery to overseeing 80,000 pirates in the South China Sea, but whose fame has largely been forgotten by history.

The Flower Boat Girl, the new novel by writer and cartoonist Larry Feign, tells the story of a real-life Tanka boat girl who rose from sexual slavery to overseeing 80,000 pirates in the South China Sea, but whose fame has largely been forgotten by history.

20 Aug 2021 - 4:47PM
Review | In Group, Christie Tate details her experiences of radically transparent group therapy

In her book Group, Christie Tate shares her experiences with group therapy where confidentiality didn’t exist. Readers will want to see what transpires.

In her book Group, Christie Tate shares her experiences with group therapy where confidentiality didn’t exist. Readers will want to see what transpires.

31 Mar 2021 - 2:45PM
Review | Three books about lying: from fictional ‘fake words’ to the very real difference between lies and BS

Debut The Liar’s Dictionary from Eley Williams is a pitch-perfect lexical romp filled with flawed-but-adorable characters and delightfully inventive words, while On Bullshit and Calling Bullshit attempt to educate about the nature of BS, and also call it out.

Debut The Liar’s Dictionary from Eley Williams is a pitch-perfect lexical romp filled with flawed-but-adorable characters and delightfully inventive words, while On Bullshit and Calling Bullshit attempt to educate about the nature of BS, and also call it out.

18 Mar 2021 - 10:23AM
Three books on Coco Chanel offer new insights, historical tangents and fictional tales

Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto and Chanel’s Riviera focus on the factual, while historical novel The Chanel Sisters introduces Antoinette, the youngest of the three Chanel girls.

Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto and Chanel’s Riviera focus on the factual, while historical novel The Chanel Sisters introduces Antoinette, the youngest of the three Chanel girls.

8 Mar 2021 - 2:45PM
Three books about animals: what we can learn from them, whether we should keep them, why we shouldn’t test on them

Unnatural Companions by Peter Christie, John Gray’s Feline Philosophy and Animalkind by Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone explore humanity’s relationships with animals.

Unnatural Companions by Peter Christie, John Gray’s Feline Philosophy and Animalkind by Ingrid Newkirk & Gene Stone explore humanity’s relationships with animals.

2 Mar 2021 - 5:15PM
Three novels that explore the nature of our relationships: to home, to family, to partners

Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon, The Push by Ashley Audrain and Memorial by Bryan Washington force readers to confront their beliefs and biases. 

Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon, The Push by Ashley Audrain and Memorial by Bryan Washington force readers to confront their beliefs and biases. 

22 Feb 2021 - 12:18PM
Three books on the immigrant experience from Ken Liu, Younghill Kang and Carlos Bulosan

Writers Ken Liu, Younghill Kang and Carlos Bulosan tackle themes of assimilation, colonialism and activism in their books.

Writers Ken Liu, Younghill Kang and Carlos Bulosan tackle themes of assimilation, colonialism and activism in their books.

9 Feb 2021 - 12:25PM
Three books that go inside the world of art heists – even New York’s Met is a target

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M. Amore, Chas Allen’s Evolution: Becoming a Criminal, and Stealing the Show by John Barelli, delve into the underworld of art crime.

The Woman Who Stole Vermeer by Anthony M. Amore, Chas Allen’s Evolution: Becoming a Criminal, and Stealing the Show by John Barelli, delve into the underworld of art crime.

23 Jan 2021 - 9:02PM
Three books on design: exploring Japanese craftsmanship, vegan interiors and the world we’d like to inhabit

Formgiving by BIG, Naomi Pollock’s Japanese Design Since 1945, and Vegan Interior Design by Aline Dürr look at how we shape, and are shaped by, the world around us.

Formgiving by BIG, Naomi Pollock’s Japanese Design Since 1945, and Vegan Interior Design by Aline Dürr look at how we shape, and are shaped by, the world around us.

17 Jan 2021 - 5:28PM
Covid-19 and working from home: author Gideon Haigh asks if the pandemic has changed our relationship with the office forever?

As the coronavirus forces desk jockeys worldwide to work from home, in his latest book, The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Australian author Gideon Haigh explores the pros and cons of being freed from the office.

As the coronavirus forces desk jockeys worldwide to work from home, in his latest book, The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Australian author Gideon Haigh explores the pros and cons of being freed from the office.

16 Jan 2021 - 8:15PM
Cinderella for the 21st century, and non-fictional takes on fairy tale tropes

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin, Claudia Schwabe’s Craving Supernatural Creatures, and Gender: A World History by Susan Kingsley Kent offer different takes on traditional tales.

The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin, Claudia Schwabe’s Craving Supernatural Creatures, and Gender: A World History by Susan Kingsley Kent offer different takes on traditional tales.

10 Jan 2021 - 4:50AM
Review | Three thriller books – the truth is sometimes more terrifying than fiction

The Perfect Predator warns against the coming catastrophe of a post-antibiotic era and proves more frightening than fictional thrillers The Silence by Don DeLillo and The Russian Pink by Matthew Hart.

The Perfect Predator warns against the coming catastrophe of a post-antibiotic era and proves more frightening than fictional thrillers The Silence by Don DeLillo and The Russian Pink by Matthew Hart.

19 Dec 2020 - 4:15PM
Slow down, breathe and read flash essays – three books to guide you through the end of 2020

Katherine May argues the benefits of ‘wintering’ in her book of the same name, James Nestor experiments with the ‘lost art’ of breathing in Breath, and The Best of Brevity presents a collection of snappy non-fiction.

Katherine May argues the benefits of ‘wintering’ in her book of the same name, James Nestor experiments with the ‘lost art’ of breathing in Breath, and The Best of Brevity presents a collection of snappy non-fiction.

19 Dec 2020 - 3:50PM
Three books on feminism: tackling abortion rights, toxic masculinity and being a ‘good woman’

Caitlin Moran gets serious in More Than A Woman, abortion provider Dr Meera Shah takes on the stigma surrounding the procedure in You’re the Only One I’ve Told, and with Untamed, Glennon Doyle details the deconstruction and reconstruction of her family.

Caitlin Moran gets serious in More Than A Woman, abortion provider Dr Meera Shah takes on the stigma surrounding the procedure in You’re the Only One I’ve Told, and with Untamed, Glennon Doyle details the deconstruction and reconstruction of her family.

30 Nov 2020 - 11:22AM
Review | Three books on privacy in the digital age – if our lives are lived publicly online, what remains personal?

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff, explores how our data is used for corporate profit, Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen looks at Americans’ perception of privacy, and The Lost Family, by Libby Copeland, studies the ethics of genetic testing.

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, by Shoshana Zuboff, explores how our data is used for corporate profit, Sarah E. Igo’s The Known Citizen looks at Americans’ perception of privacy, and The Lost Family, by Libby Copeland, studies the ethics of genetic testing.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:57AM