UK designer Jennifer Newman began her career as a professional artist and colorist before opening her London-based studio in 2006. Over the years, her tables and benches has become instantly recognizable for their simple lines and bold colors, filling a much-needed void in the market, which was the inspiration for her career change. Working with clients like Coca-Cola, Four Seasons Hotels, and Sony, as well as a host of architects and interior designers, has continued to grow her unique brand, including the launch of her A Frame Picnic Table for CB2. Check out her design-focused picks of inspiration in this week’s Friday Five.

1. Original Volkswagen Beetle.
Design perfection that 80 years of tinkering has failed to improve.

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Photo by Satoshi Okada architects & Katsuhisa Kida

2. Architect Satoshi Okada’s House on Mount Fuji.
Stripped-down design sits beautifully in nature.

3. Thames Barrier.
A great example of good design driven by engineering.

4. Jewish Holocaust Museum Garden of Exile, Berlin by Daniel Libeskind.
Where design makes language superfluous.

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Photo by Monica Feudi

5. Yohji Yamamoto.
Unfettered imagination.