This weekend, as we pray for sun, Seattle designers from Grain, Greypants, urbancase, and Iacoli & McAlister are shaking hands, answering questions, and negotiating orders for supersmart, good-looking home design and lifestyle pieces in New York.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is probably the biggest deal of it’s kind. Imagine stylish, discerning shopkeepers, buyers, magazine editors, and otherwise influential folks strolling lanes of vendor booths scouting for the Next Big Things in useful but beautiful goods.

Don’t you love the idea of folks in Brooklyn, Paris, Barcelona, and Sydney turning over a meticulously crafted, artful something-or-other and discovering the words made in Seattle on the back?

We can’t take you (or ourselves) to New York at the moment, but our slideshow gets you a peek at what the local innovators will be showing off.

Oh and btw, Grain designers tell us that, "During New York Design Week, our work can also be found at American Design Club’s ‘Use Me’ and Sight Unseen’s pop-up shop from May 13 to 16 at The American Design Building as part of Noho Next." Tell your New York friends to go check them out.

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