Kaori Maki was born in Japan and moved to London in 2001. In 2020, she was elected a fellow of Designer Bookbinders. In the same year Kaori partnered with two colleagues to take over the ownership of the Wyvern Bindery, which is based on Hoxton Street. Since 2006, she has been taking private commissions for her design bindings alongside working at the Wyvern Bindery. Her works are shown in public collections such as the British Library and St Bride Foundation, as well as private collections in USA, Germany and UK.