Eric Chang and Dan Hellman just might be the ultimate creative success story. Friends since childhood, the duo didn't have any formal training in design or furniture making but diligently taught themselves the basics. Their timing couldn't have been better: just as Hellman and Chang were beginning to turn out elegant, handcrafted furniture (under the brand Hellman-Chang), Brooklyn was welcoming a burgeoning artisan scene, and both those moving to the trendy borough and those who had heard of its hipster renaissance from afar were eager to get their hands on a unique piece from a Brooklyn maker. Needless to say, their business took off.
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