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 Tokyo: how a globetrotting couple turned ‘industrial’ house into family home

After years of wandering, a Ralph Lauren executive and his interior designer wife finally put down roots in the Japanese capital.

8 Aug 2019 - 5:09PM

After years of wandering, a Ralph Lauren executive and his interior designer wife finally put down roots in the Japanese capital.

From Hong Kong to Tokyo: how a globetrotting couple turned ‘industrial’ house into family home
After father’s death, a Hong Kong family turns dark house into a bright home for all

With Dad’s trinkets banished to the basement, the 7,500 sq ft house is clean-lined and contemporary, with a double-height living space and subtle Asian details.

10 Jul 2019 - 2:58PM

With Dad’s trinkets banished to the basement, the 7,500 sq ft house is clean-lined and contemporary, with a double-height living space and subtle Asian details.

After father’s death, a Hong Kong family turns dark house into a bright home for all
Inside a couple’s Margaret River retreat in Western Australia: a ‘timeless home in traditional forms’

The eight-bedroom holiday house continues to evolve and surprise as it matures into a home.

5 Jun 2019 - 5:04PM

The eight-bedroom holiday house continues to evolve and surprise as it matures into a home.

Inside a couple’s Margaret River retreat in Western Australia: a ‘timeless home in traditional forms’
A Hong Kong lawyer transforms two flats into luxury duplex for family of six

Despite being hit by cost overruns and delays, a lawyer, who took a very hands-on approach, has successfully turned two flats into a practical yet stunning duplex for his family of six.

1 May 2019 - 10:39AM

Despite being hit by cost overruns and delays, a lawyer, who took a very hands-on approach, has successfully turned two flats into a practical yet stunning duplex for his family of six.

A Hong Kong lawyer transforms two flats into luxury duplex for family of six
Inside a modern Mediterranean-inspired home that is the perfect antidote to hectic Hong Kong life

Inspired by their trips abroad, a couple’s rustic-modern Tai Po home is the perfect antidote to couple’s fast-paced lives

21 Mar 2019 - 2:31PM

Inspired by their trips abroad, a couple’s rustic-modern Tai Po home is the perfect antidote to couple’s fast-paced lives

Inside a modern Mediterranean-inspired home that is the perfect antidote to hectic Hong Kong life
How a couple stamped their own style on a Hong Kong rental

With careful layering and a few simple updates, a couple have turned an ageing Mid-Levels flat into a stylish home full of memories both old and new

27 Feb 2019 - 2:22PM

With careful layering and a few simple updates, a couple have turned an ageing Mid-Levels flat into a stylish home full of memories both old and new

How a couple stamped their own style on a Hong Kong rental
Opinion | Miss, Mrs, Ms, or Mx, which honorific to go by? None of the above, thank you

Why do forms still require women to indicate their marital status while all men come under a single term – Mr

24 Feb 2019 - 7:03AM

Why do forms still require women to indicate their marital status while all men come under a single term – Mr

Miss, Mrs, Ms, or Mx, which honorific to go by? None of the above, thank you
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

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

From Hong Kong to Bangkok: interior designer retains edgy, industrial style in Thai home
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 - 4:14PM

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

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

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

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

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’

Inside a South African interior designer’s dream home - sustainable living in the Indonesian jungle
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 - 4:21PM

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

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

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

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

27 Sep 2018 - 4:33PM

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

The Hong Kong house no one wanted … until it was transformed by a property agent
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 Aug 2018 - 6:06PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American lawyer Alan Dershowitz argues against Trump impeachment in new book
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Jun 2018 - 6:17PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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