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.

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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
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