Peta Tomlinson

Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.
Peta Tomlinson
Peta Tomlinson is an Asia-focused journalist who has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. Making the most of her global mobile office, she contributes to South China Morning Post on topics including design, property, lifestyle and special reports.

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As protests intensify, where are rich Hongkongers investing in property to get a foreign passport?

At least 20 nations that offer citizenship or residency through property investment are growing increasingly popular among city’s residents looking for a ‘Plan B’

12 Sep 2019 - 12:00PM

At least 20 nations that offer citizenship or residency through property investment are growing increasingly popular among city’s residents looking for a ‘Plan B’

As protests intensify, where are rich Hongkongers investing in property to get a foreign passport?
Recycled-plastic bricks used to revive a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition, and make a point about eco-friendly construction

Hong Kong architects have revived a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition: tower burning. Their version is eco-friendly, flame-free and LED-lit, and a showcase for the recycled-plastic bricks used in its construction.

11 Sep 2019 - 12:17PM

Hong Kong architects have revived a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition: tower burning. Their version is eco-friendly, flame-free and LED-lit, and a showcase for the recycled-plastic bricks used in its construction.

Recycled-plastic bricks used to revive a Mid-Autumn Festival tradition, and make a point about eco-friendly construction
Retirement rethink: architect’s multigenerational co-living design an alternative to storing elderly far away and forgetting their needs

Taking a cue from millennials’ co-living spaces, Matthias Hollwich’s Skyler concept replaces the ‘simulated reality’ of retirement communities with apartment towers for people of all ages who look after each other.

4 Sep 2019 - 5:52AM

Taking a cue from millennials’ co-living spaces, Matthias Hollwich’s Skyler concept replaces the ‘simulated reality’ of retirement communities with apartment towers for people of all ages who look after each other.

Retirement rethink: architect’s multigenerational co-living design an alternative to storing elderly far away and forgetting their needs
Why more Chinese are buying holiday homes in Hawaii, the 50th state of the US

Properties in the sun-drenched island paradise of Hawaii range from as little as US$250,000 for a modest home to oceanfront estates worth millions of dollars

26 Aug 2019 - 7:00PM

Properties in the sun-drenched island paradise of Hawaii range from as little as US$250,000 for a modest home to oceanfront estates worth millions of dollars

Why more Chinese are buying holiday homes in Hawaii, the 50th state of the US
Sustainable design: wealth of waste upcycled, recycled to make furniture with a conscience

Upcycled or recycled, waste materials such as bone, skins, feathers, shells, automotive parts, PET bottles, and coffee grounds are being turned into beautiful, and practical, items for the home by designers committed to sustainability.

25 Aug 2019 - 7:00PM

Upcycled or recycled, waste materials such as bone, skins, feathers, shells, automotive parts, PET bottles, and coffee grounds are being turned into beautiful, and practical, items for the home by designers committed to sustainability.

Sustainable design: wealth of waste upcycled, recycled to make furniture with a conscience
How offices are taking interior design cues from luxury hotels, creating quietly sophisticated workplaces

Forget cookie-cutter offices – companies are designing feel-good workplaces that are also flexible, sociable and hotel-like in sophistication and ambience. Innovations include non-fixed modular systems and ‘non-office’ aesthetics.

17 Aug 2019 - 6:39PM

Forget cookie-cutter offices – companies are designing feel-good workplaces that are also flexible, sociable and hotel-like in sophistication and ambience. Innovations include non-fixed modular systems and ‘non-office’ aesthetics.

How offices are taking interior design cues from luxury hotels, creating quietly sophisticated workplaces
Eco architect Bill Bensley on his wild Asian luxury resorts that challenge how hospitality is built

US architect Bill Bensley rarely fails to surprise with his sometimes wacky hotel ideas, such as tree houses and guests zip lining to reception. Now he’s working on a human ‘zoo’ in China where it’s the guests who appear imprisoned.

11 Aug 2019 - 3:10PM

US architect Bill Bensley rarely fails to surprise with his sometimes wacky hotel ideas, such as tree houses and guests zip lining to reception. Now he’s working on a human ‘zoo’ in China where it’s the guests who appear imprisoned.

Eco architect Bill Bensley on his wild Asian luxury resorts that challenge how hospitality is built
Why are China’s super-rich excited about buying up vineyards in France?

The word on the grapevine is that Chinese and Hong Kong investors see vineyards in France’s prime growing regions, especially Bordeaux, as an ideal way to diversify property portfolios

11 Aug 2019 - 12:00PM

The word on the grapevine is that Chinese and Hong Kong investors see vineyards in France’s prime growing regions, especially Bordeaux, as an ideal way to diversify property portfolios

Why are China’s super-rich excited about buying up vineyards in France?
Why crazy rich Asians are snapping up luxury homes in Singapore – just like billionaire James Dyson

Luxe duplexes and ‘villas in the sky’ in places like Sentosa Cove and District 9 are attracting super-rich buyers from Asia who previously were investing in Canada, the United States and New Zealand

9 Aug 2019 - 4:43PM

Luxe duplexes and ‘villas in the sky’ in places like Sentosa Cove and District 9 are attracting super-rich buyers from Asia who previously were investing in Canada, the United States and New Zealand

Why crazy rich Asians are snapping up luxury homes in Singapore – just like billionaire James Dyson
Why Chinese property investors are falling in love with Paris

More than 14 per cent of properties sold in the French capital to non-resident and resident foreigners during first three months of the year were bought by buyers from China

30 Jul 2019 - 12:33PM

More than 14 per cent of properties sold in the French capital to non-resident and resident foreigners during first three months of the year were bought by buyers from China

Why Chinese property investors are falling in love with Paris
Why ‘trophy’ homes in California are where the titans of media and finance are choosing to live

Unique, high-end real estate remains a well-performing investment opportunity for ultra high-net-worth individuals in uncertain economic times

18 Jul 2019 - 6:23AM

Unique, high-end real estate remains a well-performing investment opportunity for ultra high-net-worth individuals in uncertain economic times

Why ‘trophy’ homes in California are where the titans of media and finance are choosing to live
Super-penthouses: Why rich buyers are willing to pay top dollar for luxury properties around the world

With millions to spend, life on top of the world with unimpeded 360-degree views, double-height ceilings, a hotel-style concierge and ‘wow’ factor is the ultimate real estate status symbol

9 Jul 2019 - 4:34PM

With millions to spend, life on top of the world with unimpeded 360-degree views, double-height ceilings, a hotel-style concierge and ‘wow’ factor is the ultimate real estate status symbol

Super-penthouses: Why rich buyers are willing to pay top dollar for luxury properties around the world
A pet-friendly Hong Kong home where everyone is happy

Despite the flat’s small size – just 453 square feet – clever design and careful planning mean every member of a family of five, including Pa the parrot and Meow the cat, get their own space

4 Jul 2019 - 4:04PM

Despite the flat’s small size – just 453 square feet – clever design and careful planning mean every member of a family of five, including Pa the parrot and Meow the cat, get their own space

A pet-friendly Hong Kong home where everyone is happy
Architecture for disaster relief: first Asian woman to win Norman Foster scholarship talks about her goals

Siti Nurafaf Ismail, the first Asian woman to win the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, will shadow leading architects working on post-disaster rebuilding projects in Hokkaido, Japan, and Karachi, Pakistan.

20 Jun 2019 - 12:53PM

Siti Nurafaf Ismail, the first Asian woman to win the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, will shadow leading architects working on post-disaster rebuilding projects in Hokkaido, Japan, and Karachi, Pakistan.

Architecture for disaster relief: first Asian woman to win Norman Foster scholarship talks about her goals
Designing Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, performing arts venue and gateway to West Kowloon Cultural District

Following the death of Bing Thom, the architect behind Tsim Sha Tsui’s Xiqu Centre, Venelin Kokalov, of Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), finished the project in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners.

7 Jun 2019 - 7:29AM

Following the death of Bing Thom, the architect behind Tsim Sha Tsui’s Xiqu Centre, Venelin Kokalov, of Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects), finished the project in collaboration with Ronald Lu & Partners.

Designing Hong Kong’s Xiqu Centre, performing arts venue and gateway to West Kowloon Cultural District
How urban farms could solve our future food problems and promote a green lifestyle

Projects such as Melbourne Skyfarm and those by Hong Kong’s Rooftop Republic are turning busy urban areas into hubs of food production while promoting green and sustainable lifestyles.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:10PM

Projects such as Melbourne Skyfarm and those by Hong Kong’s Rooftop Republic are turning busy urban areas into hubs of food production while promoting green and sustainable lifestyles.

How urban farms could solve our future food problems and promote a green lifestyle
Want to own a private island? Good news – you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy one

If you’re looking for a laid-back lifestyle with plenty of solitude, there are private islands for sale all over the world. Remember to factor in access, planning and ability to build

5 Jun 2019 - 1:10PM

If you’re looking for a laid-back lifestyle with plenty of solitude, there are private islands for sale all over the world. Remember to factor in access, planning and ability to build

Want to own a private island? Good news – you don’t have to be a millionaire to buy one
4 smart money management apps to help you invest in your future

Planto, gini, Chloe and Mellow – the financial equivalent of fitness trackers – can act as digital financial advisers

27 May 2019 - 6:17PM

Planto, gini, Chloe and Mellow – the financial equivalent of fitness trackers – can act as digital financial advisers

4 smart money management apps to help you invest in your future
Plant preservation gives life to indoor spaces – cut roses can stay in bloom for years, maintenance-free

Think of it as foliage without the fuss. Trees, flowers and moss can be filled with a preservation formula to add years of maintenance-free ‘life’ to your plants.

21 May 2019 - 7:14PM

Think of it as foliage without the fuss. Trees, flowers and moss can be filled with a preservation formula to add years of maintenance-free ‘life’ to your plants.

Plant preservation gives life to indoor spaces – cut roses can stay in bloom for years, maintenance-free
If WhatsApp can be hacked, what hope for privacy online?

Keeping your most intimate digital details safe is not impossible but does require a level of caution most of us seldom exercise

20 May 2019 - 7:14PM

Keeping your most intimate digital details safe is not impossible but does require a level of caution most of us seldom exercise

If WhatsApp can be hacked, what hope for privacy online?
Light bulb moment: how LED could provide a faster, stronger, more secure mobile wireless connection

The new technology, which could offer superior online privacy, will not be widely adopted until smartphone and computer manufacturers install Li-fi chips in devices

6 May 2019 - 7:35PM

The new technology, which could offer superior online privacy, will not be widely adopted until smartphone and computer manufacturers install Li-fi chips in devices

Light bulb moment: how LED could provide a faster, stronger, more secure mobile wireless connection
Tomorrow’s world: innovations that promise to improve your life at home and on the road

Robotic airport delivery service and ‘sporty’ AR sunglasses among highlights at Hong Kong’s Trends Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future

23 Apr 2019 - 5:17PM

Robotic airport delivery service and ‘sporty’ AR sunglasses among highlights at Hong Kong’s Trends Symposium 2019 – Roadmap to the Future

Tomorrow’s world: innovations that promise to improve your life at home and on the road
Are smart locks safe? Hear what security experts say and check out latest models

This most recent generation of consumer-grade smart locks are safer than ever before and deliver more convenience

15 Apr 2019 - 5:51PM

This most recent generation of consumer-grade smart locks are safer than ever before and deliver more convenience

Are smart locks safe? Hear what security experts say and check out latest models
Cool running: hi-tech ideas pull plug on air conditioners that add to global warming

Water-based cool and dry air system; hi-tech solutions by major brands; and ‘smart glass’ with self-modifying coating help you and the planet beat the heat

8 Apr 2019 - 7:07PM

Water-based cool and dry air system; hi-tech solutions by major brands; and ‘smart glass’ with self-modifying coating help you and the planet beat the heat

Cool running: hi-tech ideas pull plug on air conditioners that add to global warming
In glass – blown, fused, cast or molten – interior designers find material of the moment

Whether it’s blown, cast, fused or melted, glass is having a moment in interior design – used to craft unique furniture and decorative features. Designers point to its handmade, tactile quality and the way it reacts to light.

30 Mar 2019 - 6:44PM

Whether it’s blown, cast, fused or melted, glass is having a moment in interior design – used to craft unique furniture and decorative features. Designers point to its handmade, tactile quality and the way it reacts to light.

In glass – blown, fused, cast or molten – interior designers find material of the moment
Electric vehicles are here to stay in Hong Kong – and on the charge

Improved electric vehicles, such as Jaguar’s I-PACE, and increase in enhanced charging stations in city will help energise drivers

15 May 2019 - 11:10AM

Improved electric vehicles, such as Jaguar’s I-PACE, and increase in enhanced charging stations in city will help energise drivers

Electric vehicles are here to stay in Hong Kong – and on the charge
Singapore non-profit’s low-cost Malaysian school design transforms education for migrant children

Etania Green School in Sabah, conceived by a Singapore-based non-profit, shows how good design can help inspire young thinkers. It’s hoped it will be the first of 30 schools to be built for thousands of children left stateless.

20 Mar 2019 - 7:17PM

Etania Green School in Sabah, conceived by a Singapore-based non-profit, shows how good design can help inspire young thinkers. It’s hoped it will be the first of 30 schools to be built for thousands of children left stateless.

Singapore non-profit’s low-cost Malaysian school design transforms education for migrant children
How technology can ensure you never lose your keys or passport ever again

One estimate claims we waste a year of our lives looking for things we mislay

18 Mar 2019 - 10:05PM

One estimate claims we waste a year of our lives looking for things we mislay

How technology can ensure you never lose your keys or passport ever again
Why hi-tech, interactive fitness workouts in the home and office are next big trend

Cycles, treadmills, rowing machines, smart mirrors and apps can connect to real-time and on-demand exercise classes

11 Mar 2019 - 11:23AM

Cycles, treadmills, rowing machines, smart mirrors and apps can connect to real-time and on-demand exercise classes

Why hi-tech, interactive fitness workouts in the home and office are next big trend
How new wellness technology will help us lead healthier, stress-free lives

Wearables that vibrate to restore calm, ‘smart, self-care lights’ and a waterbed that keeps you cool at night are among the latest innovations

11 Mar 2019 - 11:21AM

Wearables that vibrate to restore calm, ‘smart, self-care lights’ and a waterbed that keeps you cool at night are among the latest innovations

How new wellness technology will help us lead healthier, stress-free lives