Creator of limited edition artisan furniture handcrafted from repurposed steel off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
One afternoon in 1994, a San Francisco television station did a news story on the fate of the Golden Gate Bridge steel that was removed during the handrail replacement in 1993. Rick Bulan, who was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, thought it would be great to have a headboard made from the historical steel. Through perseverance, he managed to track down the name of the contractor and get a section of the approximately 12-foot long, 1000 pound handrail to his home. He then spent over a month cutting and grinding down the section of handrail, until he had not only crafted one headboard, but also three more just like it. When friends began expressing interest in purchasing the headboards, Rick realized the potential market and the Golden Gate Design & Furniture Co. was born.
From the Bridge’s original 1930’s handrail, Rick Bulan has created a line of unique collector’s edition furniture that captures the historical spirit and style of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Therefore, you no longer have to settle for mere pictures or trinkets to represent this engineering marvel. The Golden Gate Design & Furniture Co. now allows you to make this breathtaking monument a part of your home or office in both a functional and artistic way.