Ripple Effect

We speak to US designer Alex Proba about pivoting to tantalizing swimming pools: “My work is a celebration of colour and pattern.”

By Chris Beanland

When Pablo Picasso painted the bottom of the pool at the villa El Martinete outside Marbella in 1961, a new link between swimming and art was forged – now you could admire a painting while you did front crawl. David Hockney painted the floor of the Roosevelt Hotel’s pool in Los Angeles in 1988 and now on New York’s namesake Roosevelt Island you can find the coolest pool in the United States to take a dip in, finished off in style in pastel shades – like something from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’s 1960s heyday – by designer Alex Proba who herself once lived in the Big Apple.

Marrow House pool at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, shot by Madeline Tolle.

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