Dania Saragovia is a production designer and architectural designer based in New York with a satellite studio in Barcelona. Her work is an on going exploration of color, texture and materials particularly inspired by fashion and art.

Saragovia highly values the creation process involved in each project- whether a set, a residence, a piece of furniture- for its potential to reveal and to engage the viewer. With a team of excellent fabricators, artisans and crew members, her work achieves a superior level of craftsmanship and precision.

In 2013 she designed her first film Learning to Drive, starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson. The film is quintessential of her expression: an Upper West Side single family brownstone and an immigrant basement in Queens are the two main sets of the film. The juxtaposition of the protagonists’ origins and cultures is made manifest through colors, textures and furnishings.

Saragovia’s vitality and hands-on approach can be equally devoted to designing a table as to a Baroque set.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, cinematographer Manel Ruiz, and their two boys.

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Education

Rhode Island School of Design Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Architecture
SCI ARC Vico Morcote, Switzeralnd- Architecture Studios
Instituto Allende San Miguel de Allende, Mexico- Painting and Lithography Studios

Selected Commercials

Toon Blast
Verizon
Heineken
Airbnb
Nike
Secret
Estée Lauder
Autism PSA
Avon
Clairol
Silenor
Rembrandt
Choice Hotels
Volkswagen
Samsung
Gametap
FX
Rexona
Miller Brewing Co
Seat Leon
MasterCard
NYSE Phillips
Pearle Optics
Airbus

Selected Music Videos

Shakira & Alejandro Sanz
Maggie Estep & Lou Reed
Lenny Kravitz
Jennifer Lopez
D’Angelo

Film

Learning to Drive Production Designer
Broad Green Pictures, Director Isabel Coixet
Official Selection
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015
Provincetown International Film Festival 2015
Audience Award
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
2nd place People’s Choice Award
Traverse City Film Festival 2015
2nd place Audience Award
La Divanée Production Designer
Short Film, Director Jessica Sofia Mitrani
Official Selection
International Film Festival of Oaxaca 2014
Marfa Film Festival 2014
Henry fool Assistant to Production Designer
True Fiction Pictures, Director Hal Hartley
Official Selection
Cannes Film Festival 1998
Best Screenplay
Copland Assistant to Production Designer
Miramax Films, Director James Mangold
Official Selection
Stockholm Film Festival 1997
Best Actor Sylvester Stallone
Illtown Scenic Painter
Shooting Gallery, Director Nick Gomez
Official Selection
Berlin International Film Festival 1997
New York Film Festival 1996
Toronto International Film Festival 1996

Selected Directors

Tom Kuntz
Marielle Heller
Siri Bunford
US
Lance Acord
Isabel Coixet
Tim Brown
Tim Piper
Sara Marandi
Joaquin Baca-Asay
Jake Schreier
Alison MacLean
Jessica Sofia Mitrani
Philippe Le Sourd
Sophie Caretta
Nacho Gayán
Cleo Sullivan
Pat Sherman
Paul Arden
Ralf Schmerberg
Hype Williams
Jaime De La Iguana
Steve Buscemi
Paul Hunter

Selected Architecture & Furniture

Penthouse Gut Out Gut renovation and woodwork throughout of 1,500 square feet penthouse
Dress Up Chair Design and fabrication of prototype
Battery Bag Battery Conservancy Draw Up A Chair Competition
Blue Sofa Design and fabrication of 10’ blue sofa
Chelsea Loft Design and construction of Stacked Boxes and panel doors, painted mural
Tribeca Addition Design and construction of bedroom furniture
Soho Production Company Office Design and construction of 2,500 square feet office
Broadway Loft Gut Out Gut renovation of 4,000 square feet loft
Fifth Avenue Duplex Design and construction of furniture
Museum of Modern Art of Tallinn Estonia Design Competition & model making at Peter Lynch Architect
Museum of Science CosmoCaixa Barcelona Assisted Museum Director Jorge Wagensberg in drawing the conception for the Amazone, Last Paradise exhibition
Design studies for hands-on machine Ball with Memory demonstrating Newton’s first law presently incorporated in the Museum