Project name: House Biden – Bishopscourt

Location: Bishopscourt, Western Cape, South Africa

Date completed: 15 May 2019

Interior designer: Franco Moz

Developer: The Royal Portfolio

The client, a hotelier by trade (, wanted a unique wallcovering for their private residence in Bishopscourt, Cape Town. She wanted a wallpaper that would fit with her distinctive style, which is evident in all her hotels and lodges. It needed to be colourful and inviting, with an eclectic yet uniquely African charm. She liked the look of the European chinoiserie wall art, but with a playful and jovial feel that tells a story, like an old folktale, without being cartoonish. In line with the chinoiserie theme, Robin Sprong Wallpaper illustrated the botanical and animal elements by hand. From the illustrated elements, the designer digitally “painted” the artworks in ‘ArtRage’, a program that creates realistic looking paint brush strokes on an i Pad, using an Apple Pencil. He combined the various painted elements to complete a seamless room wrap, 21 meters wide in total. The design took into account each of the four door openings, with the elements designed to wrap around each entrance. The birds and animals appear all around the room, seemingly random, but they all have a connection to each other and form part of the story of this fantasy forest scene. It is a complete custom, to the specific specifications laid down by the client, to create a feeling of fantasy and wonder in the dining room. All the elements have been designed specifically for the topography of this wall, to create a seamless artwork that perfectly wraps the entire room and moves around the four openings. The goal was to create the feeling that you are inside a story book illustration of an old African folk tale. It is important to underline that the design was created around the shape of the room, taking into account the colours of the surrounding rooms, as well as the view from the front facing French Doors, looking out over the gardens and the mountain beyond. The entire artwork was digitally “painted” by hand; each element created separately and then positioned to compliment the features of the room, and to convey a story or a scene to fill the imagination.