In October 2019, Billy Cotton became the Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Home. This watershed move brings the opportunity for Cotton to be mentored by a long-time hero in Ralph Lauren. Together with his partner on the business side, Day Kornbluth, Cotton will bring Mr. Lauren’s new vision for Home to life. Architectural Digest’s full coverage can be found here.
This turning page will signal the end of Cotton’s eponymous design firm. He is currently completing projects for existing clients and will wind down the business for good over the coming weeks.
Cotton’s long-time lynchpins at the firm, Michelle Ficker and Michael Zipp, are rolling the values and purview of their work at Billy Cotton into their own new firm, Bryant & Thomas. Further softening the edges of the shift, Cotton will share workspace with his former colleagues at 1133 Broadway during the transition. Ficker’s and Zipp’s invaluable contributions helped Billy Cotton earn a spot in the AD100, and the magazine recently published a comprehensive survey of their collective work for fine artists, which you can view here.
Cotton’s many product designs have been archived and, as of January 1st 2020, are no longer available for purchase – with one exception: the Pick Up Sticks Collection of lighting will have a second life under the stewardship of Cameron Crockford. Crockford and Cotton’s working relationship has been bedrock for Cotton’s career, and it brings him great joy to know that the fixtures will continue to be produced and sold via Crockford’s website as well as through Mark Jabara.
Billy Cotton wishes to express deepest gratitude to all of his colleagues, clients, collaborators and friends for fifteen years of thrilling vision, design, production, and connection and looks forward to broad new horizons at Ralph Lauren Home.