Nolan Browne, Manager, Taschen Store & Gallery
Nolan Browne has been manager of the Taschen Store and Gallery for almost three years and has lived in Chelsea for fifteen years.
He was born in Thailand, grew up in Africa and New York, and has a huge passion for art and all things creative.
"I love seeing the horses from the Knightsbridge barracks being led down the Kings Road early in the morning - such a treat to see and it always makes me smile."
Nolan Browne has been manager of the Taschen Store and Gallery for almost three years and has lived in Chelsea for fifteen years. He was born in Thailand, grew up in Africa and New York, and has a huge passion for art and all things creative.
Describe your perfect weekend.
My perfect weekend starts off with a long run around Hyde and Battersea Park, followed by lunch with friends at Colbert on Sloane Square and then time spent with my sister and nephews – Sundays I always reserve for a museum or gallery visit and a good read of all the papers!
Which 3 words would you use to describe Chelsea?
Safe, clean and stunning!
What is your earliest local memory?
Working at Blushes (now Caffe Concerto) as a 16 year old – I worked there for two summers and loved it.
Best place to relax?
Battersea Park, especially in the summer. It’s an absolute gem of a park and, if I’m feeling lazy, St Luke’s Gardens next to my flat, a hidden gem in the heart of Chelsea.
Best place to have fun?
The Chelsea Arts Club – a fantastic place full of character and characters!
La Delizia on Flood Street is a favourite of mine – unfussy, great ambience, nice staff and the food is delicious.
The Phoenix on Smith Street – it’s in a lovely part of Chelsea and I love the restaurant at the back, so cozy on a winters afternoon and also the Sydney Arms for a good evening of sport.
Is there a local hero you’d like to mention?!
Heinz and Gregor Schumi – they put up a huge fight when told to leave their small [hair salon] on Britten Street to make room for new flats and, although they lost, I admire their tenacity and passion for the area.
Any local secrets/gems?
Heinz and Gregor Schumi’s Hair Salon on Shawfield Street. Old school hair dressers with a passion for art and they always have a story to tell. The Rossetti Studios on Flood Street – it’s a stunning building, steeped in art history and of course the magnificent Chelsea Physic Gardens.
Favourite Chelsea story/anecdote?
A lady came in to the store one day, came to the counter with a Max Ernst book, I mentioned that Max had lived in our village in Provence and it turns out she lived next to us in the same village and had an apartment next to ours in Sloane Gardens. A very small world!
The local ‘thing’ that makes you smile?!
I love seeing the horses from the Knightsbridge barracks being led down the Kings Road early in the morning – such a treat to see and it always makes me smile.
I think Anthropologie has a spectacular interior and I love their gallery space, which always shows innovative art. Felt on Chelsea Green is a lovely little jewelry shop filled with treasures and I love their seductive neon branding. Pie Man, also on Chelsea Green, is a little gem of a local deli which opens conveniently early and, of course, the Taschen store!