We had the good fortune of connecting with Felipe Farme D’Amoed and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Felipe, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is an important topic brought back in full force during the pandemic. People delved deep in work and forgot the “life balance” portion of it. Now we see those close to you in depressed states having nervous breakdowns.

It has always been essential for my personal life to be integral in my decision-making. Freelancing makes it a bit easier with the benefit of making your own hours, but it’s been in one of those days where work just won’t happen that I’ve understood important direction I should take in life. By life I mean what direction I’m headed always taking in consideration the present situation I’m in.

With each new experience I gain more trust in my process and how I work best. And that takes courage and time, to truly know yourself and your habits, how you reach your full potential.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started design focusing on graphic stuff, which I still do and love. However, it became a habit for me to do things, like brainstorming, straight from the computer. I don’t like spending much time on it, so I found myself missing many creative opportunities by doing so. Mastering software and basic “rules” became my focus in the beginning. which I’m glad I became a nerd about it. I had to be comfortable in replicating what I was thinking into digital form. But the physical form matters as much to me now a days. With technological advance, doing things by hand lost its space.

My last interview with you focused more on the line of speakers I make, called Palo Audio. I’ve been creating more speakers with different pieces and have found some truly beautiful tree trunks. Alongside that, I also started making sculptures and furniture respecting the characteristics of each wood. It has been interesting to shift from digital back to physical because it reminds me of the process that was cut short by technology. Patience grew and the craft brings immense pleasure. I also think they’re different from the modern forms we seen these days. Shifting between physical and digital brings fresh views to each project.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It is hard to stay in one city when you’re in California. The state is made for you to roadtrip. I enjoy mostly the outdoors, so that would definitely be my focus. Let’s say my friend land in LAX, I’d pick them up and go straight on the road, as Jack Kerouac once wrote. It would be more of an adventure to go north, so we’d drive through the coast going up and back inland stopping at national parks on our way. The rest is the rest.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The list is long, but if I were to focus on those who directly impacted my life and work, who trusted and pushed me forward when I didn’t know what I was doing it would be John Beach. He’s an instructor at UCLA-Extension, who later became a mentor and a friend. Another person that has been by my side since the start of my career as a designer is Jessica Chung, she’s awesome!

Website: pipefarme.com

Instagram: @pee__pey

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felipe-farme-damoed/

Other: Behance: https://www.behance.net/pipefarme

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