About Us

We tell stories with words and pictures. Sometimes both.

Obvious State is a small independent press co-founded by Evan Robertson and Nichole Robertson. Our books, art prints and paper goods are available in our shop and through our retail and publishing partners worldwide. We’re based in the NYC metro area and have a studio in Paris.

We have a cross-disciplinary approach to our projects, because we enjoy working in different mediums and don’t enjoy rules. In short: We make things we like but can’t find, and hope other people find them and like them too.

Evan Robertson
Creative Principal, Writer, Illustrator



Nichole Robertson
Creative Principal, Writer, Photographer






“Co-authors Evan and Nichole Robertson pull back those fine French gossamer curtains to give us a rare treat: a full day’s meandering through a single neighborhood. This sans-itinerary virtual escape captures the essential spirit of City of Light as no guidebook can.”


“The brilliant minds at Obvious State just made us fall in love with Paris all over again.”


“Not only will you want to stop what you’re doing and enjoy each crystal clear photo in The Paris Journal, you’ll be momentarily whisked away to Paris with the incredibly hypnotizing videos.”


“…starkly designed and deftly capture the spirit of the writer’s message in a few words.


“Her journeys through city streets, metros and rustic bakeries was matched with her keen eye for bright color schemes. With a camera in hand, she picked up on some of the best of the city’s rainbow palette.”


“These Posters Make The Perfect Literary Christmas Present.”


“The digitally created illustrations are, by turns, witty and elegant.”


“A feast of color-coordinated vignettes.”


“Inspired by the artist’s favorite streets in Paris, these chic prints offer a unique twist on the typical travel poster.”


“The rather smart Evan Robertson has created a set of posters that combine iconic author quotes with genius design work. If you don’t want at least two of these hanging on your wall then we need to have a serious chat.”


“Capture the je ne sais quoi of the City of Lights with this set of nine eye-popping prints. They’re perfect arranged over the couch, in the kitchen, or even behind the bed instead of a bed frame.”


“The prints are filled with visual puns and insider nudges that will have the word nerds among you punning with delight.”





  • Anthropologie
  • Pottery Barn
  • Paper Source
  • Papyrus
  • Fab.com
  • Shakespeare & Co
    Paris, France
  • Musée d’Orsay
    Paris, France
  • Colette
    Paris, France
  • Addiah
    Chattanooga, TN
  • Auntie Em’s Kitchen
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Barner Books
    New Paltz, NY
  • Bear Pond Books
    Montpelier, VT
  • Blackwell’s
    Oxford, UK
  • Blue Stockings
    New York, NY
  • Bohindi
    Arlington, OH
  • Bookworks
    Albuquerque, NM
  • Book Mobile Vermont
    Rutland, VT
  • Bookshelf and Gallery
    Thomasville, GA
  • Collector Art
    Berkeley, CA
  • Cacao Sweets & Treats
    Grayslake, IL
  • Curious Soul Creations
    Montgomery, TX
  • Fair Folks and a Goat
    New York, NY
  • Fleur
    Chicago, IL
  • Fort Orange General Store
    Albany, NY
  • Gertrude and Alice
    Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Green Apple Books
    San Diego, CA
  • Hedgerow General
    Morrisville, NY
  • Hope and Feathers
    Amherst, MA
  • Huff Harrington Home
    Atlanta, GA
  • Hyde Park Books
    Boise, ID
  • Joanne Rossman Design
    Roslindale, MA
  • The Library Store
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Little Paper Planes
    San Francisco, CA
  • Main Street Books
    Frostburg, MD
  • Mountain Java
    McCall, ID
  • Neighborly
    Chicago, IL
  • Nostalgi
    Asperup, Denmark
  • Orca Books
    Olympia, WA
  • Pink Olive
    New York, NY
  • P.O.S.H.
    Chicago, IL
  • Parcs & Rec
    Missouri City, TX
  • Politics & Prose
    Washington DC
  • Powell’s Books
    Portland, OR
  • Roost
    Salem, MA
  • Saturday Cove Art Gallery
    Northport, ME
  • Silver Maple Editions
    Burlington, VT
  • Skylight Books
    San Francisco, CA
  • Subterranean Books
    St. Louis, MO
  • The Toadstool Bookshop
    Peterborough, NH
  • The Wooden Midshipman
    Warren, RI
  • Time Tested Books
    Sacramento, CA
  • Word Bookstores
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Wholly Craft
    Columbus, OH
  • Yard Gallery
    Belfast, UK

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