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Arun Sispal

MA work

Fragrance Design: A Conversation

If you could not smell scent, how could you experience its qualities through alternate senses?

This body of work is a conversation that explores notions of interpretation, blended senses and tangibility/intangibility. Working with perfumer 4160tuesdays, I was able to create a bespoke scent to my liking. I then constructed a selection of material outcomes that explored the qualities of the scent to a micro level, elements such as its weight, journey and projected 'colour'. Transforming something ephemeral and intangible, into something physical and permanent. The design work was finally responded to by an alternate perfumer from the house, concluding in a discussion about the reasoning for the selection of certain ingredients, the similarities and differences between the original scent, and the new scent.

The design work paid particular interest to the materials, colours and textures utilised, and the reasoning behind these, and what they say about the scent. The result is a considered and streamlined investigation.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2018



  • Arun Sispal is a designer whose work explores themes of transiency, tangibility and a cross-modal investigation of the senses. He prides himself on a sensitive understanding of colour, the ability to succinctly tell a narrative through aesthetic, and a balanced understanding of forward-thinking design and commerciality. Arun actively sought collaborative opportunities whilst studying at the RCA, allowing for exciting and unexpected applications for his considered approach to design. Alongside this industry grounded work, much of Arun's design exploration also displays his tactful yet imaginative way of 'design thinking', particularly catered to a spectrum of luxury markets.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Design, Leeds College of Art (Leeds Arts University), 2016
  • Experience

  • Live Brief, Colour and Trim, RCA x Priestmangoode, London, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • New Designers, London, 2016; Surface Design Show, Birmingham, 2016; BCFA Open, London, 2017; Decor & Design, Melbourne, 2017; Idea of North, The Baltic Newcastle, 2018
  • Awards

  • Society of Dyers and Colourists (2nd Place) 2017, Eaton Fund, 2018
  • Publications

  • Dissertation: Arun Sispal, "The benefits of Sensory-led design - with a focus on healthcare developments", 2016; Dissertation: Arun Sispal, "A discussion on aesthetic, consumption and culture, with a focus on Persian Gulf states", 2017