• ASFLEXI in DOMUS Magazine.

    The marketing campaign for DSN DESIGN COMPANY  is underway with trips to London and Europe, Milan and Paris. Meets with Walter Collins (Design dealer) and Zeev Aram and Nicholas Grimshaw in London. The Asflexi Two Seater is Nicholls first registered design.

  • EDINBURGH FESTIVAL, Prescote Gallery

    Left college after second term to form Asflexi Ltd and manufacture minimalist furniture he designed. Jake Harvey the head of sculpture school facilitated the first prototype to be welded in the ECA sculpture department, only place metal could be welded. The two -seater unit was launched at Edinburgh Festival, Scotland in 1978. Invited by the […]

  • LADDERBACK CHAIR – Prototype

    Made at DSN studio, prototpye chair model made at home by “he” himself, prior to leaving for Milan 1980. Homage to “Mackintosh”. “DESIGN”. Furniture design at Edinburgh College of Art.  


    In the evening at ECA, a couple of kids. Re-worked at St. Stephens Place, 3rd floor. Oil on canvas, 1977

  • ECA Edinburgh College of ART

    LIFE CLASSES: Year to decide “what -to-do-next.” 1976. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. In the class of Sir. Robin Philipson, mainly looking to “Humanities” and asking why design? No furniture projects for now. Architecture beckons, but first – Begin afresh and get to work.

  • “GSA” Glasgow School of Art.

    Life classes at GSA. Very fast Pen drawing. ” I drew this, then ran over to Painting Classes.” dsn. 1975  


    Evening painting classes. Master William Crosbie, a Glasgow Artist. I loved the two wee places I could escape, apart from the alcoves. “The Hen Run” and “The Library” , “Priceless genius and very quiet with so much detail, all considered and pre-planned right down to the silence. I was fortunate to meet Thomas Howarth many […]

  • BELLSHILL ACADEMY, Lanarkshire, Scotland

    1972, David Shaw Nicholls attends Bellshill Academy Grammar School, Lanarkshire, where he is encouraged to follow his creative sense by his “Art teacher”, the venerable Mr. Beattie. As such, he (Beattie) served as the alchemist road to survival and “on the road”.


    Hamilton Mausoleum, Hamilton and Bothwell, Scotland. Fine pen in India ink on white paper, by David shaw Nicholls, 1974. Drawn in the meadow on the grounds of the estate. The buildings for the most part are removed but this Burial Monolith, remains. Chateau Herault was re-constructed successfully. Walked the 3 miles home. Signed and dated. […]