Notebooks for creative minds, toys for big boys — and girls.

Muk is here on a big mission — to empower creatives.


We make notebooks, toys, typefaces, prints, websites, books and lots of other good stuff; all celebrating art, design and creativity. Our products tell stories, share insights and wise words from our mentors. We want to give artists and designers the perfect tools that get their creative juices flowing.

The name Muk came from the Arabic word mukavva, which means cardboard.


September 2012


Istanbul, TR

Muk Design was founded in 2012 in Istanbul by Elif Gürbüz, a notebook-lover-and-architect-turned-graphic-designer-turned-entrepreneur, after reading Esther K Smith's How to Make Books.


Initially a boutique print studio, Muk hand-made custom stationary for exhibitions, brands and events.


2012 — 2017


Istanbul, TR

Muk's products have been sold across the country in top design and bookshops, including IKSV, Istanbul Modern, Robinson Cruose 389 and CerModern.

Read the story of Muk.


Muk also works with businesses, specialising in art and cultural institutions.


2012 — 2017


Istanbul, TR; London, UK

Muk creates visual identities, bespoke corporate stationery, and limited-edition capsule collections. We have worked for a range of clients including Pera Museum and Tunc Topcuoglu and with collaborators including SUPERPOOL and Dilek Altan.


In 2017, Muk Design moved its headquarters to London.


September 2017


London, UK

We celebrated the expansion of our business with a rebranding and a brand new product line that celebrate design and designers. Muk's official launch in London will be happening on its 5th birthday, as part of London Design Fair, which is taking place in 21–24th September 2017 in East London.


Find more information about London Design Fair here.


Elif Gürbüz is a designer and creative director. She has gained expertise in both print and web design and worked for top design agencies in London, including Barnbrook, and for clients including Financial Times, Art Basel, Thames & Hudson, Fortnum & Mason and Saatchi Gallery. Elif holds a Masters degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, 2015 and a Bachelor degree in Architecture from METU, 2010.

Elif lives and works in London, and continues to run Muk Design with her business partner and mum, Sevgi.

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