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René Linssen, brass bottle opener.
René Linssen, brass bottle opener.

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René Linssen X Midnight Hotel

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre associate member René Linssen has designed a signature brass bottle opener for DESIGN Canberra’s Hotel Partner, Midnight Hotel.

René Linssen is a South African born, Australian Industrial Designer living and working in Canberra, Australia. The brass bottle opener will be featured in all Midnight Hotel rooms.

Midnight Hotel is part of Geocon’s $200 million residential and commercial development in Braddon, central Canberra, and opened this month as an Autograph Collection hotel.

Marriott International Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Sean Hunt describes the Autograph Collection hotel as, “Celebrating the world’s most distinctive independent hotels around the globe, each hotel in the Autograph Collection is a product of vision, handpicked for its mark of craft, heartfelt design and authentic sense of place. These principles guide the curation of the portfolio, ensuring each hotel experience is remarkably unlike anything else.”

Midnight Hotel loves a celebration. There’s nothing more satisfying than popping the top of a bottle of beer and saying cheers with friends and family, or even a stranger at the bar. It’s moments like these that make life sweet.

“At Midnight Hotel, it’s the people we work with that make us unique, so when we approached South African born, emerging Australian industrial designer René Linssen to create a bespoke bottle opener for us, he was quick to make his mark”.

Blurring the lines between art and engineering, Linssen is making waves in the nation’s capital showcasing the beauty of functional design. Winner of the 2017 Belle Alessi design award, and co-founder of Furnished Forever – a furniture brand focused on Australian ingenuity and craftmanship, Linnsen shows us that heartfelt, high design can be both beautiful and impactful.

An aesthetic asset, the Midnight Hotel bottle opener heroes the mark of Midnight – a bold polished brass M, perfectly designed to neatly nest in the user’s hand and effortlessly pop open the top of a cold one.

Learn more about local Canberra creator René Linssen and his bespoke designs at and more about Midnight Hotel at