N E W A N T I Q U I T Y

artful creations for the home, garden, & soul.

Home Is Where Your Heart Is

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While out house hunting a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a collection of fairytale tudor cottages. A bit out of our reach, but the chance to enter and explore such a beautifully handcrafted space was exciting and inspiring.  Tucked into the lush rural landscape of Redding, CT, overlooking the Saugatuck Reservoir, the estate comprises of two chalets, a theater, a “dollhouse”, and a stable house.  We came to find out the original owners, who built the cottages in 1912, modeled them after an old Shakespearian theater house which the theater on property is a replica of.  Every inch had been built with sturdy materials and an attention to detail. The hand carved doors, hardwood floors, forged hardware, vaulted ceilings, stucco walls, stained glass windows, etc., all held character and purpose. What astonishes me is the fact that most houses now a days have very little, to none of the integrity, charm, and craft as homes built this way.  Homebuilding has changed enormously. As little as 50 years ago, homes were built by small, jack-of-all-trades carpenters. And today, large corporations predominate, most homes are built by contractors specializing in particular trades.  It is unfair and naive to say that all old homes are better, more so, a well built house had to have a good carpenter.  When a craftsman has a hand in all aspects of the construction the result is a reflection of the persons skill and spirit.  Their are obvious benefits to building a home with todays modern technologies but I find most modern homes are slapped together with cheap materials and little thought. Your home is an extension of you, it is your nest, your castle, a safe place for your family and friends.  It should be revered and treated as a cathedral.  Homes should be built to be real treasures, beautiful, historic, and timeless.

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We are…

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New Antiquity is Sarah Bader and Matt Rink, newlywed, artist/builders marrying their love of art and the home. With our combined senses of practicality and whimsy, we offer one-of-a-kind, finely crafted pieces, handmade in our studio apartment in Connecticut. All our creations are built and designed with clever details and fine craftsmanship. We draw inspiration from history and our travels and findings.

We have also begun collaborating with fellow artists and friends to create more pieces for the shop. So stay tuned for highlights about those treasures.

New Antiquity also encompasses the father-son team of Roger and Matt Rink. Combining Roger’s 35+ years experience as a master carpenter, builder, and contractor with Matt’s background as an artist, carpenter, and metal fabricator. They deliver a high end, uniquely disciplined result that is sure to surpass your expectations. Roger and Matt have been working together on projects for the past eight years upholding the age old tradition of father to son apprenticeship. Following Matt’s completion of a Masters degree in Fine Arts, they have merged efforts to form New Antiquity Builders. Together they pride themselves on upholding a rare level of quality in hand built construction.

Our services include:

  • Design & Consultation
  • Restoration
  • Remodeling
  • Additions
  • New Construction
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Decks

The Find

What is it about the intrinsic experience of an antique that captivates the mind and soul?  Whether perusing the local antique store or flea market, the feeling is the same when you come across a piece that pulls at your heart strings, you are awed by the materials and craftsmanship, the beauty, the imperfections, the tiny nicks and cracks, which only add to the character and history. You wonder who might have held it, used it, loved it, tossed it aside.  Little windows into a time and place that has come and gone.  Something that was painstakingly produced by hand, which supported everyday life.

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With this spirit and sense of wonder, Matt and I embark on a journey of creativity and discovery. We long to create new antiques, pieces that are influenced by our love of old, of discovery, and artistry. Pieces that are at once timeless because of their functionality, design, and material composition.  Although there are no permanent things in the world, there are things that will surely last for a very long, long time. Through our ability to be strong and dedicated we strive to create such a lifestyle.

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