Peta Tomlinson

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.

Latest from Peta Tomlinson

Plastic alternative bioplastic, made from vegetable oils, fats, fish scales, farm waste or other renewables, embraced by furniture designers

Bioplastic, an alternative to plastic with similar properties but made from renewables such as seaweed, algae, shrimp shells, vegetable starch and even blood, has been adopted by designers keen on sustainability.

3 hours ago

Bioplastic, an alternative to plastic with similar properties but made from renewables such as seaweed, algae, shrimp shells, vegetable starch and even blood, has been adopted by designers keen on sustainability.

Plastic alternative bioplastic, made from vegetable oils, fats, fish scales, farm waste or other renewables, embraced by furniture designers
Can London lead the way out of the worldwide luxury property market slump in 2020?

From Hong Kong to Paris to Berlin, Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index forecasts prime property sales growth figures in 45 markets

4 Feb 2020 - 6:00PM

From Hong Kong to Paris to Berlin, Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index forecasts prime property sales growth figures in 45 markets

Can London lead the way out of the worldwide luxury property market slump in 2020?
Why so many Chinese are flocking to these top 5 ski resorts – from the French Alps to Colorado

Those who want to rent their properties part time in Switzerland and in the US are attracting a new type of paying guest: one that rarely ventures onto the slopes

25 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

Those who want to rent their properties part time in Switzerland and in the US are attracting a new type of paying guest: one that rarely ventures onto the slopes

Why so many Chinese are flocking to these top 5 ski resorts – from the French Alps to Colorado
Design trends for 2020: ‘classic blue’ and curved furniture to ‘healthy’ interiors and shabby chic

Design trends will always vary but this year Pantone has picked ‘classic blue’ as its colour for 2020, while it’s predicted there will be an increasing demand for ‘healthy’ interiors with eco-friendly finishes and furniture with rounded edges.

15 Jan 2020 - 3:00PM

Design trends will always vary but this year Pantone has picked ‘classic blue’ as its colour for 2020, while it’s predicted there will be an increasing demand for ‘healthy’ interiors with eco-friendly finishes and furniture with rounded edges.

Design trends for 2020: ‘classic blue’ and curved furniture to ‘healthy’ interiors and shabby chic
From home spas to hydrotherapy: How modern bathrooms have evolved to provide a sense of well-being

Luxury bathroom designs incorporate wellness elements that nurture and inspire

7 Jan 2020 - 5:00PM

Luxury bathroom designs incorporate wellness elements that nurture and inspire

From home spas to hydrotherapy: How modern bathrooms have evolved to provide a sense of well-being
How the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi inspires today’s trends for sustainability and upcycling in interior design

Why accepting imperfection and impermanence – as the ancient Japanese world view teaches – chimes with contemporary ideals for natural, renewable materials and multifunctional designs

2 Jan 2020 - 12:52PM

Why accepting imperfection and impermanence – as the ancient Japanese world view teaches – chimes with contemporary ideals for natural, renewable materials and multifunctional designs

How the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi inspires today’s trends for sustainability and upcycling in interior design
How Brexit and staycations have fuelled the UK’s holiday home rental – and why you should invest

Planning on investing in UK property? For favourable terms you should try the FHL market

28 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

Planning on investing in UK property? For favourable terms you should try the FHL market

How Brexit and staycations have fuelled the UK’s holiday home rental – and why you should invest
The future of Hong Kong: the possibilities are endless at the 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

More than 70 exhibitors explore the future of city living at the 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Among the ideas? A tower that doesn’t add to Hong Kong’s crowded skyline – but instead plunges deep into the ocean.

26 Dec 2019 - 1:38PM

More than 70 exhibitors explore the future of city living at the 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. Among the ideas? A tower that doesn’t add to Hong Kong’s crowded skyline – but instead plunges deep into the ocean.

The future of Hong Kong: the possibilities are endless at the 2019 Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
How bespoke Instagramable getaways are delivering the ‘wow’ factor this Christmas and New Year

If the frantic festivities are too much for you, now is the perfect time to jet off for a relaxing break in the winter sun

24 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

If the frantic festivities are too much for you, now is the perfect time to jet off for a relaxing break in the winter sun

How bespoke Instagramable getaways are delivering the ‘wow’ factor this Christmas and New Year
How the Hong Kong protests are pushing wealthy Chinese to invest in Malaysia’s luxury housing market

The Hong Kong protests are driving mainland Chinese and Hongkongers away from the city to sophisticated but affordable residential properties in Malaysia

13 Dec 2019 - 10:02AM

The Hong Kong protests are driving mainland Chinese and Hongkongers away from the city to sophisticated but affordable residential properties in Malaysia

How the Hong Kong protests are pushing wealthy Chinese to invest in Malaysia’s luxury housing market
New Territories North and West – it’s all about strategic location

A surge in luxury housing developments has put these areas among the most popular neighbourhoods in Hong Kong

4 Dec 2019 - 2:06PM

A surge in luxury housing developments has put these areas among the most popular neighbourhoods in Hong Kong

New Territories North and West – it’s all about strategic location
Connectivity is the key to living in New Territories East

The easy commute to the heart of the city and excellent schools, combined with magnificent scenery, add up to an enviably high-quality lifestyle

4 Dec 2019 - 1:02PM

The easy commute to the heart of the city and excellent schools, combined with magnificent scenery, add up to an enviably high-quality lifestyle

Connectivity is the key to living in New Territories East
Elite living in Central Kowloon’s Beacon Hill, Ho Man Tin and Kadoorie Hill

The district offers exclusive homes and proximity to some of Hong Kong’s top-performing primary and secondary schools

6 Dec 2019 - 10:21PM

The district offers exclusive homes and proximity to some of Hong Kong’s top-performing primary and secondary schools

Elite living in Central Kowloon’s Beacon Hill, Ho Man Tin and Kadoorie Hill
Look what we made: East-West furniture design project produces one-of-a-kind pieces

British furniture designers teamed up with Hong Kong design professionals from a variety of disciplines to create unique furniture pieces that will be unveiled this week in Hong Kong.

3 Dec 2019 - 8:04PM

British furniture designers teamed up with Hong Kong design professionals from a variety of disciplines to create unique furniture pieces that will be unveiled this week in Hong Kong.

Look what we made: East-West furniture design project produces one-of-a-kind pieces
Living in a five-star hotel: Why private residences are the future of luxury homes in Asia – led by Bangkok and Dubai

Residential developments offering the facilities, glamour and five-star brands of top hotels are springing up across Asia-Pacific

3 Dec 2019 - 1:00PM

Residential developments offering the facilities, glamour and five-star brands of top hotels are springing up across Asia-Pacific

Living in a five-star hotel: Why private residences are the future of luxury homes in Asia – led by Bangkok and Dubai
Why are rich, health-conscious millennials taking over the luxury holiday home market in exotic locations?

Some buyers are looking at resort markets while others seek homes near quiet lakes, golf courses and ski resorts, or a location that offers business convenience or seasonal living

3 Dec 2019 - 12:00PM

Some buyers are looking at resort markets while others seek homes near quiet lakes, golf courses and ski resorts, or a location that offers business convenience or seasonal living

Why are rich, health-conscious millennials taking over the luxury holiday home market in exotic locations?
100 creatives, 10 years, 1 vision: how Hong Kong’s K11 Musea, part shopping mall, part museum, came to life

K11 Musea, the new cultural-retail destination on Hong Kong’s revitalised Victoria Dockside, shows what can happen when 100 creative collaborators are brought together and given free rein – and resources – to realise one dream.

2 Dec 2019 - 12:31PM

K11 Musea, the new cultural-retail destination on Hong Kong’s revitalised Victoria Dockside, shows what can happen when 100 creative collaborators are brought together and given free rein – and resources – to realise one dream.

100 creatives, 10 years, 1 vision: how Hong Kong’s K11 Musea, part shopping mall, part museum, came to life
Hong Kong’s skyscraper church: a look inside one of the world’s most modern and innovative places of worship

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is a 22-storey high-rise topped with a Sky Chapel that has breathtaking views. Architect Rocco Yim conceived the structure and wanted it to be ‘enlightening, liberating, and comforting’.

10 Nov 2019 - 7:44PM

Wesleyan House Methodist International Church is a 22-storey high-rise topped with a Sky Chapel that has breathtaking views. Architect Rocco Yim conceived the structure and wanted it to be ‘enlightening, liberating, and comforting’.

Hong Kong’s skyscraper church: a look inside one of the world’s most modern and innovative places of worship
A Hong Kong office that feels like home – design duo behind AB Concept show you how it’s done

In their office in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 Atelier, AB Concept’s Ed Ng and Terence Ngan take a personal, playful approach, and it works.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:24PM

In their office in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 Atelier, AB Concept’s Ed Ng and Terence Ngan take a personal, playful approach, and it works.

A Hong Kong office that feels like home – design duo behind AB Concept show you how it’s done
If sitting is the new smoking, these reinvented office chairs will keep your blood pumping and spare you from pain

Our sofas are too soft, our chairs encourage bad posture, our spines are less upright –so designers have reworked the office chair to be kinder on our bodies. That should be a relief in places like Hong Kong where office hours are long.

14 Oct 2019 - 9:51AM

Our sofas are too soft, our chairs encourage bad posture, our spines are less upright –so designers have reworked the office chair to be kinder on our bodies. That should be a relief in places like Hong Kong where office hours are long.

If sitting is the new smoking, these reinvented office chairs will keep your blood pumping and spare you from pain
Why Four Seasons is hiring David Bowie’s art curator to choose the artwork for its One Dalton residences in Boston

The artworks Chertavian curates for One Dalton will be on permanent display throughout the hotel and residential common spaces

4 Oct 2019 - 4:17PM

The artworks Chertavian curates for One Dalton will be on permanent display throughout the hotel and residential common spaces

Why Four Seasons is hiring David Bowie’s art curator to choose the artwork for its One Dalton residences in Boston
Indian preschool’s innovative design gets kids moving and playing

Hong Kong-based PAL Design Group partner Joey Ho Tzung-hsien’s inside-out design for SIS Prep Gurugram, near New Delhi, emphasises moving and playing

2 Oct 2019 - 8:54PM

Hong Kong-based PAL Design Group partner Joey Ho Tzung-hsien’s inside-out design for SIS Prep Gurugram, near New Delhi, emphasises moving and playing

Indian preschool’s innovative design gets kids moving and playing
How a Hong Kong couple’s ‘love nest’ had to be rejigged for a family of four

An unexpected turn of events meant it was back to the drawing board for hoo designers Yu-Chang Chen and Yannes Cheng, who ensured the final product delivered on the couple’s changing expectations.

2 Oct 2019 - 11:32AM

An unexpected turn of events meant it was back to the drawing board for hoo designers Yu-Chang Chen and Yannes Cheng, who ensured the final product delivered on the couple’s changing expectations.

How a Hong Kong couple’s ‘love nest’ had to be rejigged for a family of four
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