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Carolyn Tam

MA work


Imagine a screenless future, where digital data and online content will be fully integrated into every part of the built environment in a seamless way. Typically, digital displays require complex manufacturing process. They are pre-designed and come in a fixed size frame which limits where users can show digital information. TechniChrome overcomes this and provides a radically new way to apply digital displays on almost any surface.

Compared with traditional displays, TechniChrome display is simple to make. Using a combination of pixel paints, users can paint displays onto things like walls, furniture, or any other surface they can think of. This disrupts the way we present digital information by opening up any surfaces to potentially become an active display for information. The displays can be painted in any shape, inviting more creative and novel configurations, which is difficult to achieve using current display technologies. The high flexibility of the material allows displays to be folded and formed into any shape. With TechniChrome, digital displays become a form of creative expression that anyone can use.

TechniChrome’s open and accessible nature means that its applications are broad and diverse. Initially, this new medium can be accessed via toolkits, which allow people to experiment and prototype their own vision of the screenless future. In the future, TechniChrome could be used in advertising, or other creative purposes. TechniChrome displays can also be connected to a microcontroller, allowing for realtime data display on analog objects. With Technichrome, digital information will no longer constrained by rigid rectangular frames, enhancing our experience in the analog world.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2018

  • Carolyn Tam is an architectural designer currently based in London and Hong Kong. Her work stretches across the fields of architecture, art and products. Educated at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Imperial College of London and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her interest lies in reshaping how we relate to our environment, by incorporating narrative designs with advanced technology.

    Carolyn's work is brimming with experimentation and inspirations. Her passion for design fuels her projects with avant-garde thoughts and exquisite craftsmanship.

  • Degrees

  • BSc Architecture, University College London; MArch Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Exhibitions

  • Science Gallery, Dublin, 2017; BioDesign Challenge, London, 2017; Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, Paris, 2017; Decorex International (LDF), London, 2017; SustainRCA, London, 2018; Science Evening, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, London, 2018; Imperial Festival, London, 2018; TECHSHOT, London, 2018; London Design Festival, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Good Design Award (Best 100), Japan, 2017; DFA Design for Asia Awards (Bronze), Hong Kong, 2017; KI Award (First Prize), London, 2018