Literary Art Prints, Paper Goods & Gifts

New York, United States · 26917 Sales


Literary Art Prints, Paper Goods & Gifts

New York, United States 26917 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Obvious State

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Obvious State


Happy birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

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New in shop! Literary Paris postcard sets. The perfect gift for Paris Lovers and book lovers alike.
"The goodness of your true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability” - Edgar Allan Poe. Thank you, Edgar, we’ll take that as a compliment. New bookmarks in the shop in time for our holiday sale! Save 20% on all orders with code: HOLIDAY16
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Obvious State is a New York City-based design studio co-founded by Evan and Nichole Robertson. We’re word lovers who make art for word lovers. We’re inspired by provocative language and literature, and use our favorite passages as a springboard for original designs.

All of our products are meticulously crafted in the United States and printed on the finest papers and materials. After all, beautiful language deserves beautiful treatment.

In the age of clickbait, infotainment and overstimulation, slow thought has become a luxury. We hope our work inspires people to savor words and revisit big books and big ideas.

Our work has been featured by Elle Magazine, Book Riot, The Paris Review, The New York Times, L.A. Times, InStyle Magazine, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Huff Post Arts + Culture, Apartment Therapy, Trend Hunter, Daily Candy, HGTV, BuzzFeed, My Modern Met and HBO.

View our second shop, The Paris Print Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheParisPrintShop


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  • Evan Robertson


  • Nichole Robertson



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    Our notebooks are made from recycled books! Our partner prints all of their books on 100% recycled paper sourced from paper mills in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. They use vegetable-based inks mixed locally. We design,package and ship the books.

  • Tote Bag Maker

    Brooklyn, NY, United States

    Our tote bags are custom designed by us and hand sewn in Brooklyn, NY by a small team.

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