Our Story

Inspired by the everyday icons of contemporary Asia, Pinyin Press celebrates this unique and vibrant culture with detailed hand-drawn illustrations, prints and pattern.

At home in Asia

Sometimes it’s the small things which prove the most evocative. On relocation from London to Shanghai, Central Saint Martins graduate, Sarah Armstrong mapped her new home behind the glitz of a global metropolis via humble breakfast bāozi , bike journeys through winding laneways and hearty bowls of miàntiáo. For Pinyin Press, it’s with these simple, day-to-day realities where cultural affinity is found.

What We Do

Pinyin Press’ distinctive hand-drawn designs are currently applied to a variety of homewares and gift items such as tea towels, bone china mugs, melamine trays, aprons and tote bags – although the possibilities are limitless!

A New Visual Language

Pīn: to arrange or to classify; Yīn: sound or pronunciation

Since its introduction in 1958, ‘Pīnyīn’, a system of romanized spelling to transliterate Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet, has been helping outsiders to better understand China. Pinyin Press seeks to communicate our own observations, appreciation and fascination with a culture that inspires on every level.

About The Designer

Originally from Scotland, Sarah Armstrong graduated from Textile Design at Central Saint Martins. After experience working for designers in London and New York, she relocated to Shanghai in 2009 to work as a Designer for Shang Xia. Inspired by Shanghai’s unique charm and culture she created Pinyin Press in 2014.

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