And if you can’t afford Hermes…there’s always Billy Cotton’s new line of dishware available at Bergdorf Goodman. I was lucky enough to correspond with Billy about his new line and career.Images courtesy of Billy Cotton When did your interest in design begin? I have always been passionate about design and aesthetics, for as long as I can remember. As a child I was constantly building and collecting things, from tree houses to a collection of salt and pepper shakers! From where did you draw inspiration when you sought to design a tabletop line? I drew inspiration from the classic English dinnerware from the 19th century. The paired down classics, is something that I always look toward. I definitely think that the principles of Russell Wrights colorful dinnerware of the mid century, is very important to me, and really informed me. After receiving your degree in Industrial Design – where was your first job? Did you immediately start designing your own products? I started my company when I was in school, because I was so fearful of being able to get a job! Custom resource was my first company, where I made custom furniture and interiors for private clients. For you, what has been the most rewarding experience in your career as a designer? I was at Bergdorf Goodman, very soon after the tableware launched, and I witnessed a group of friends coming upon my product. They were so excited, and started creating their own combinations and stories with the collection. It was truly a dream come true, just to see that something I created could create a joyful moment. I think that is all I really strive to achieve at the end of the day.