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Almaty Design Collective Promotes Contemporary Kazakhstan Design

A1462 is a new Kazakh design collective, brought into being in 2016 by four Almaty-based designers: Anastasia Leonova, Aziz Abdulmazhitov, Galym Kairalapov and Timur Aktaev. Across Almaty (Kazakhstan’s former capital) and Kazakhstan overall, the creative scene is made up of small enterprises and individual ventures; there are no large-scale design or manufacturing companies in the central Asian republic.

A1462 Almaty Design Collective Promotes Contemporary Kazakhstan Design
A1462: (L to R) Anastasia Leonova, Timur Aktaev, Aziz Abdulmazhitov and Galym Kairalapov.

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Each one of the four designers operates their own design studios. With certain economic realities, Leonova, Abdulmazhitov, Kairalapov and Aktaev made a decision to merge and thus established A1462. This new brand banner provides the designers with a greater impetus when taking on international export markets. The collective’s array of design wares incorporates accessories, furniture and lighting pieces, all developed in conjunction with various Kazakhstan artisanal crafts. A1462 endeavours to source materials, manufacturers and suppliers at a local level, with a view to creating designs that are understandable, useful and honest. Importantly, with no real tangible reference to Kazakhstan design, there is a determination on the part of A1462 to introduce Kazakh craft and design to a global audience.

A1462 collective. The name is composed of a numerology acronym whose origin remains a mystery to this writer.
A1462 collective. The name is composed of a numerology acronym whose origin remains a mystery to this writer.

Leonova, Abdulmazhitov, Kairalapov and Aktaev were the first designers to showcase Kazakh design during the 2015 Salone del Mobile in Milan. With various international views of life in Kazakhstan (often disparaging in nature), the four designers wished to present a modern-day outlook on the life of Kazakhstan’s residents. Recently, A1462 participated in the 2016 London Design Fair, continuing in their quest to promote good Kazakh design.

Anastasia Leonova

Anastasia Leonova founded FILO studio in early 2016, where she produces lighting, furniture and accessories. Working predominantly with wood, Leonova actively seeks to engage human emotions and the senses, through design that is simple and clever in its execution.

M-Lamp by Anastasia Leonova.
M-Lamp by Anastasia Leonova.
My Bird by Anastasia Leonova.
My Bird by Anastasia Leonova.
Snow seating collection by Anastasia Leonova.
Snow seating collection by Anastasia Leonova.
Reflects floor lamp by Anastasia Leonova.
Reflects floor lamp by Anastasia Leonova.

Aziz Abdulmazhitov

Aziz Abdulmazhitov established his ArtGuild studio in 2012, where he experiments with designs made in wood, leather and metal.

The Wooden Map by Aziz Abdulmazhitov is a handsome design, perfect for the home and office environments. Measuring 2500х1300 mm, it is made using a combination of ash, birch, beech, walnut and oak woods.
The World Wooden Map by Aziz Abdulmazhitov is a handsome design, perfect for the home and office environments. Measuring 2500х1300 mm, it is made using a combination of ash, birch, beech, walnut and oak woods.
Wooden Map by Aziz Abdulmazhitov.
World Wooden Map by Aziz Abdulmazhitov.

Galym Kairalapov

Galym Kairalapov is a product designer and maker. Kairalapov set up Knocknock Studio in order to create a contemporary range of lighting, furniture and accessories.

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TFAI-TFAI clutch bag by Galym Kairalapov.
TFAI-TFAI clutch bag by Galym Kairalapov.
1.05 kilo backpack by Galym Kairalapov.
1.05 kilo backpack by Galym Kairalapov.

Timur Aktaev

Timur Aktaev founded two design studios: NB! and Common Things. Aktaev specialises in interior and industrial design, making notebooks and leather accessories with NB! and furnishings with Common Things.

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CLOUDISM partition by Timur Aktaev.
CLOUDISM partition by Timur Aktaev.
CLOUDISM table and stools
CLOUDISM table and stools by Timur Aktaev.
FLT seating by Timur Aktaev.
FLT seating by Timur Aktaev.
FLT table organiser by Timur Aktaev.
FLT table organiser by Timur Aktaev.
NB! notebooks.
NB! notebooks.

Images courtesy of Seen PR.

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