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By Ashleigh VanHouten Photography by Richard Guaty (portrait) and HellmanChang (furniture)

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The success story of Dan Hellman and Eric Chang, the business partners and childhood friends behind Brooklynbased furniture design studio Hellman-Chang, is a unique one: after all, neither has a background in design. Hellman studied classical guitar and Chang majored in finance and marketing, but they spent the summers teaching themselves how to build furniture in their parents’ garages. “I always loved art, was always drawing,” says Chang, “But I felt I needed to understand business so I could apply that to whatever path my career took.” As a result of their non-traditional backgrounds, Chang says there are “no boundaries in our work. We strive for that visceral ‘aha’ moment, and you don’t need rules to tell you how to achieve that. We design from the heart.” This authenticity translated into their first hospitality break: an order for the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle in 2007, providing dining tables for the restaurant and a coffee table for the presidential suite. That first hotel job and the others that followed suit for InterContinental, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, and the Cosmopolitan helped spur their recent furniture line expansion—four years in the making—with the Avery chair, since “people would buy our tables and put another company’s chair next to it.” Fabricated from solid wood and mortise and tenon joinery, the chair follows the sleek, touchable work they’re fast becoming known for with their tables and casegoods. Now they are further diversifying with a sofa and another chair in the works, and they just tried their hand at lighting design with the Anora floor lamp. And the hotel projects keep rolling in; they are a currently working on a console table for the St. Regis Aspen. Having humble, started their work in Brooklyn-based designer

Clockwise from top left: The always stylish co-founders of design studio Hellman-Chang, Daniel Hellman and Eric Chang; the sleek Anora floor lamp, the duo’s first foray into lighting design; and one of their newest pieces, the Avery chair.

collective, Chang and Hellman honor their roots by inviting fellow designers to join them in their new 11,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn. “It’s about not being alone in the woodshop,” Hellman admits, but it’s also about helping designers who “are like we were six years ago. If there weren’t places like this when we started, we may not be here today. If we close our doors, what other artists wouldn’t be able to start?” Working locally, according to Chang, also “proves that world-class design doesn’t have to come from Italy or France; it can be done right here in Brooklyn.” www.hellman-chang.com

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - July 2012

Hospitality Design - July 2012
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Purchasing POV
Trends
Places
Places
Interviews
Interviews
Hellman-Chang
Adam Kamens
IIDA/HD Product Design Winners
Tabletop
Greatest Innovators
Instinct for Innovation
Back Space
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Hospitality Design - July 2012 - Hellman-Chang
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Hospitality Design - July 2012 - Adam Kamens
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