12th November 2015

Every so often an email appears in my inbox that is simply too good to resist, and when I received the photos of this gorgeous kitchen by the Italian company Cesar I knew they had to be shared. I always seem to be drawn to kitchens first when I’m looking at an interior, and while it’s a bit of a clich√© to say that a great kitchen can help sell a house or flat when it comes to market, it’s also true. The kitchen – particularly a dining-kitchen that you can basically live in – has shifted to become the focus in our homes.

And I’m always drawn to contrasts – in this case, a super-crisp and immaculately detailed kitchen within a period space.

Maxima 2.2 kitchen by Cesar

This kitchen showcases the Maxima 2.2 design system by Cesar, which features over 80 finishes combined with various door options. Cesar has been creating kitchens for over 40 years – the company was founded in 1969 in Pramaggiore near Venice and the collections are designed by architect Gian Vittorio Plazzogna.

For me, the highlight in this space is the elongated island that features Collection Neve ceramic panels in white silk-effect lacquer with a frame grip edging, and with white bush-hammered stonework worktops. I particularly like this slender worktop – such an elegant detail – for its subtly textured finish, with the breakfast bar section in heat-treated oak defining the cooking zone from the sink area.

Maxima 2.2 kitchen by Cesar

With 80 finishes to choose from, I’m already drawn towards two of the collections: the rough wood finishes in grey oak or dark oak, which would be beautifully textural in contrast to the sleek lines of the cabinetry, and Eco-Cement in either ‘dark’ – actually a mid-toned grey – or ‘grau’ – a dark grey. Gorgeous.

Maxima 2.2 kitchen by Cesar

And yes, the styling helps here, from the soft plastered wall finish to the herringbone parquet flooring and the rustic beamed ceiling. Not to mention the marble fireplace (swoons). My personal default mode is always a slightly more traditional panelled cabinet – think Plain English and you have my dream kitchen – but looking at these images and this design collection, well, I certainly wouldn’t say no.

Maxima 2.2 kitchen by Cesar

Visit Cesar for more information on Maxima 2.2 and the new collections.

Photography supplied by Cesar.