Cumbrae’s Bayview

No Waste, Street Side

Like its predecessor on Queen Street, Cumbrae’s on Bayview Avenue creates an experience that brings to the forefront the intoxicating work and produce usually hidden from the retail counter. The kind of no-waste philosophy of Cumbrae’s farm to table approach is now even more present sharing the floor with the retail shop, open and visible.

“Materials such as wood, stone, leather, gypsum, and metal are chopped, smoked, sliced, carved, split, charred, and stitched.”

The signature, triple-glazed aging cooler is now pulled right to the street front, introducing the unique and rich presentation of materia prima offerings throughout the custom-designed display units.

The laser cut storefront sign
The laser cut storefront sign utilizes the sun’s movement to create an elongated shadow of the Cumbrae’s seal.

The design strategy ultimately borrows from the craft of butchery in order to achieve an environment of powerful display and seasoned, curated richness. Each building material is affected by select ‘operations’ commonly used in the treatment of meat.

End-grain wood brings the enduring and iconic ‘ butcherblock’ to unsuspecting surfaces
End-grain wood brings the enduring and iconic ‘butcherblock’ to unsuspecting surfaces.

At the sidewalk, in line with Bayview’s classic one-storey shops, Cumbrae’s creates a gap within the ‘noise’ of level signage. Crimped and stamped metal plate rims a branded (literally) cow to reveal the existing stone façade familiar to the neighbourhood. Sunlight by day extends the signage with its shadow, while neon strip lighting isolates the cow’s silhouette in the active neighbourhood street at night.

Project Facts

  • Client


  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Size

    4,496 sq.ft GF, 4,327 sq.ft basement

  • Status


  • Sub-Consultant Team

    Structural — AMR Engineering

    Mechanical/ Electrical — BK Consulting

    Lighting — Sistemalux

  • Photography

    Richard Johnson