Welcome to the industrial, modern, sustainable, corporate interior, designed as the urban headquarters for a growing power company!

I had the privilege to photograph the cool new offices of North American Power, located in urban, Norwalk, Connecticut, for designer Beinfield Architecture PC. With renewable materials and a fantastic living wall, these interiors are as innovative as the brand it represents.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

Check out this welcoming lobby that makes use of exposed brick, polished concrete, a wood dividing wall, and a sleek metal reception desk.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

They keep candy at that desk. All the time. No joke. I didn’t eat any during the photo shoot… None.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

Although undeniable signs of spring are apparent, it is still mighty brisk around these parts. All winter, I’ve been day dreaming about the incredible living wall that spans the length of the common work space.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

And I have a bit of envy over the furniture. Barcelona chairs? Check. Re-purposed industrial carts? Check. Awesome rugs and plants that people seem to keep alive? Check and check.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

And although this beautiful wood conference room table looks like it just came from the forest…

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

My favorite space is definitely the modern, inviting, company kitchen. And the people. Trying to photograph this kitchen without someone giving me a cookie or a cup of coffee was quite a feat. Thanks for the warm welcome.

Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com | Urban industrial green commercial office interior designed by Beinfield Architecture PC

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It’s almost difficult to believe this snowstorm was just a few days ago. I can smell the new beginnings of spring in the air. It’s time for change. For rebirth.

End of Days | landscape | Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com

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Arteries | branches in the snow | landscape photograph, Michele Scotto Trani http://sequinedasphault.com

This never-ending winter has me seeing things in the branches. My circulatory system runs on ice. It’s difficult to believe that spring is just a few weeks away. I’m trying, sometimes unsuccessfully, not to go mental. How about you?

Arteries | branches in the snow | landscape photograph, Michele Scotto Trani http://sequinedasphault.com

 

Arteries | branches in the snow | landscape photograph, Michele Scotto Trani http://sequinedasphault.com

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Luxurious master bath designed by Shelter Interiors | Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com

This elegant master bath is calling me. Michele… Michele… It’s a crisp, winter day over in Northport, and I’d love to climb into that beautiful soaking tub with my holiday LUSH Bath Bombs.

 

Luxurious master bath designed by Shelter Interiors | Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com

Congratulations to Shelter Interiors for this great Westport project!

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Toddler waits patiently for the NYBG Train Show | Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com

A few short weeks after walking on his own, this is how my son waits at the train show, total anticipation and full body enthusiasm. The first couple of times a train came around the bend, he’d cry out in frustration after it chugged by, though he soon learned it would come around again if he just waited, ever so patiently. Good thing, or we would have been laughing at him all afternoon. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere, but that is not what this post is about.

I absolutely love The New York Botanical Garden. We are members so we get to go all the time. Dug likes it too, but I hear him cracking jokes to people that we go once a week, like he has to apologize before they tell us we’re strange.  It’s an amazing place for a photographer because there are so many spectacular moments and it’s always changing. It’s a great place for a parent because there’s so much space to explore without any overwhelming commercial junk. And it’s a great place for a person, because there’s peace, and beauty, and talent, and science… I could go on and on. You get the idea.

We’ve taken the Little One to the train show twice this year* and he was on fire with excitement. Me too! All I can say is if I had known I could make Architectural Botany a career, I very well might be building little Rockefeller Centers right now. I have such job envy!

Speaking of Rockefeller Center and that time I almost got ejected from The NY Botanical Garden…  The Little One was such an incredibly well behaved toddler through the whole experience! It must be so difficult not to touch when everything is just right there and so interesting! I knew it was too good to be true. It seemed like such a good idea to get a picture of him in front of iconic New York in all it’s holiday splendor. A Christmas card photo, right? Well, that’s what I was thinking as I watched him turn to smile for my camera and his relaxed lean onto the tiny fence sent him tumbling backward into the heralding angels all flailing feet and tears.

It was appalling. I wanted to melt into the ground as we were hoisting him out and staking angels back into the display. The display I was not supposed to be touching. I was waiting for men in uniform to come and drag me away, never to be allowed back into one of my favorite places for vandalism and bad parenting.

I did not get that picture. But thankfully, the angels did survive our visit. Here they are in all their glory.

 

Rockefeller Center Angels at the NYBG Train Show | Photographer Michele Scotto Trani of Sequined Asphault Studio | http://sequinedasphault.com

*Full disclosure: We also went for a date to Bar Car night prior to bringing the spawn, so I could sip cocktails and stroll around in heels without having to make sure a freshly walking toddler wasn’t trying to mount the exhibits. So that’s 3 times total. #sorrynotsorry And if it had worked out this week, Dug wanted to make a fourth visit for Thomas the Train, Live. So clearly, no matter what he tells you, he’s not sorry either.

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