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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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
How Instagram is influencing interior design trends – for better and for worse

The social media platform has changed the way we value design, but it’s also raised questions about originality and authenticity. Following the trend may create ‘kitsch’ projects that will have no longevity.

19 Feb 2019 - 8:28PM

The social media platform has changed the way we value design, but it’s also raised questions about originality and authenticity. Following the trend may create ‘kitsch’ projects that will have no longevity.

How Instagram is influencing interior design trends – for better and for worse
Designed for the circular economy, this furniture will never end up in landfill

Start-up industry disrupters such as Van de Sant, Pentatonic, ecoBirdy, and Vepa/Ocean Plastic are circular-economy pioneers who upcycle waste resources, including marine trash, into tables and chairs which customers can return for reuse.

7 Feb 2019 - 6:48PM

Start-up industry disrupters such as Van de Sant, Pentatonic, ecoBirdy, and Vepa/Ocean Plastic are circular-economy pioneers who upcycle waste resources, including marine trash, into tables and chairs which customers can return for reuse.

Designed for the circular economy, this furniture will never end up in landfill
Design trends for 2019: small, sustainable, ‘Scandinese’, curves and Pantone’s latest colour

Interior designers have scoured the world’s trade fairs for upcoming trends. Recycled plastic, wood and metallic finishes will be popular, as will wall rugs.

2 Jan 2019 - 2:22PM

Interior designers have scoured the world’s trade fairs for upcoming trends. Recycled plastic, wood and metallic finishes will be popular, as will wall rugs.

Design trends for 2019: small, sustainable, ‘Scandinese’, curves and Pantone’s latest colour
Hi-tech trends for 2019: the year of 5G, AI, self-driving cars – and a real ‘RoboCop’

A robot crime-fighter, Knightscope K5, is now in use by Microsoft and Uber to patrol car parks and large outdoor areas in the US

19 Feb 2019 - 10:54AM

A robot crime-fighter, Knightscope K5, is now in use by Microsoft and Uber to patrol car parks and large outdoor areas in the US

Hi-tech trends for 2019: the year of 5G, AI, self-driving cars – and a real ‘RoboCop’
Winning ideas for pedestrianising polluted Hong Kong business district artery Des Voeux Road Central

Dutch-led consortium’s proposal for Des Voeux Road Central, centred on themed tram stops linked to amenities and Central heritage sites, wins design contest; competition drew 43 entries from 11 countries.

4 Jan 2019 - 9:58AM

Dutch-led consortium’s proposal for Des Voeux Road Central, centred on themed tram stops linked to amenities and Central heritage sites, wins design contest; competition drew 43 entries from 11 countries.

Winning ideas for pedestrianising polluted Hong Kong business district artery Des Voeux Road Central
The ‘humble hero’ architects who built better education into a school design

The building recently awarded one of architecture’s most coveted trophies is no twisted tower or glitzy skyscraper. It’s boarding school accommodation for poor children in rural Brazil.

20 Dec 2018 - 7:04PM

The building recently awarded one of architecture’s most coveted trophies is no twisted tower or glitzy skyscraper. It’s boarding school accommodation for poor children in rural Brazil.

The ‘humble hero’ architects who built better education into a school design
Hi-tech Christmas party tricks: karaoke that keeps ‘tone-deaf’ singers in tune and holographic games are shape of things to come
  • An automatic cocktail maker, a robotic bartender that serves drinks as it cleans, and lights with rhythm will impress guests – and help gatherings go with a bang
28 Dec 2018 - 7:02PM
  • An automatic cocktail maker, a robotic bartender that serves drinks as it cleans, and lights with rhythm will impress guests – and help gatherings go with a bang
Hi-tech Christmas party tricks: karaoke that keeps ‘tone-deaf’ singers in tune and holographic games are shape of things to come
Smart paints to colour our world – capture energy and stay connected

Solar emulsion that produces clean energy from sun and water vapour in the air and ‘spray on’ antennas offering internet connection among innovations

3 Dec 2018 - 4:58PM

Solar emulsion that produces clean energy from sun and water vapour in the air and ‘spray on’ antennas offering internet connection among innovations

Smart paints to colour our world – capture energy and stay connected
The write stuff: paperless and hi-tech ways to make a note of things

Research shows the average person has 48.6 thoughts per minute, so it’s lucky firms are devising ever more hi-tech digital gadgets so we can record them all

26 Nov 2018 - 10:53AM

Research shows the average person has 48.6 thoughts per minute, so it’s lucky firms are devising ever more hi-tech digital gadgets so we can record them all

The write stuff: paperless and hi-tech ways to make a note of things
Why parents seeking the best school should look at the decor, design and ergonomics

A study has shown the link between well-designed schools and improved academic performance. Some architects and school boards are taking note, and building well-lit, airy and sustainable school buildings.

28 Nov 2018 - 11:29AM

A study has shown the link between well-designed schools and improved academic performance. Some architects and school boards are taking note, and building well-lit, airy and sustainable school buildings.

Why parents seeking the best school should look at the decor, design and ergonomics