Alex Proba’s Exuberant New Pet Collection Is Pure Fun

A loving ode to her rescue dog, Sam, the Portland designer adorns chew toys, hand-tufted beds, and cotton blankets with her signature vibrant shapes and patterns.

All photography by Parker Fitzgerald

Alex Proba often adorns posters, rugs, murals, augmented reality, and even the bottom of swimming pools with her signature vibrant tones and shapes. But the multidisciplinary designer’s latest creative experiment is best enjoyed by four-legged friends, especially her rescue dog, Sam. “He deserves the world, and so do all other furry friends, which inspired me to create ProbaPaws,” she tells Domino. The new collection encompasses chew toys, bowls, bandanas, hand-tufted beds, and Egyptian cotton blankets that are “perfect for wrapping your pet up like a colorful burrito.” Almost all are handmade at her Portland, Oregon, studio using natural dyes and incorporating sustainable materials such as recycled PET plastic. 

She also brought like-minded designers into the fold, resulting in brass-cast tags by Blink, necklaces from Marrow Fine, and dishwasher-safe rippling bowls by Sophie Lou Jacobsen that are also fit for humans. The collection combines Proba’s exuberant style with Sam’s penchant for fun, but she took safety seriously and ensured each item used the best possible materials “so you can feel good about pampering your pet,” she says. The psychedelic Petal toys, for example, are crafted using natural food-grade, phthalate-free silicone. A portion of all proceeds will go toward Three Little Pitties Rescue, where she found Sam.

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