Concord and Dame Kelly Holmes Join Forces

Café 1809Concord Lighting has teamed up with Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes to light a modern, fresh and fashionable refurbished café and retail space in Kelly’s hometown of Hildenborough, Kent.

Dame Kelly Holmes has undertaken the enormous task of completely renovating an unloved shop and converting it into an inviting and comfortable shared space where the local community can come together to relax and chat with a coffee.

The new venture is called Café 1809, a number close to Kelly’s heart as it was her number at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where she won two gold medals in the 800m and 1500m respectively. Kelly has chosen to partner with Concord to create a unique lighting scheme that highlights the stripped back and industrial design elements whilst also bringing warmth, flexibility and relaxation to the environment.

"Concord Lighting is a stunning addition to my new venture Café 1809,” comments Dame Kelly Holmes. “It has been a pleasure working with the team to ensure we have a stunning lighting system fit for the time of day and night, especially with the mood lighting that transforms the Café from a buzzing daytime hub into a relaxing evening event space"

Adam Jolliffe, Sales Director at Concord Lighting comments, “Kelly has a clear vision for her cafe and a real passion for what she has achieved. We have worked closely with her on the lighting scheme and the design of the products themselves. It is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in this project and we are delighted that Kelly selected Concord”

With a strong manufacturing base in the UK, Concord is renowned for its strong design ethos, high technical performance and aesthetic form. Concord focuses on bringing lighting solutions to meet the needs of architects and lighting designers.   

Concord’s innovative portfolio is one of the most comprehensive on the market, encompassing track and spot, downlights, ambient lighting, recessed and linear solutions for a variety of application segments. The company provides segment specific lighting application advice; and the entire product range is underpinned by in-house technical expertise, from optical system design through to photometric measurement and testing.

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