René Linssen is a South African born, Australian Industrial Designer living and working in Canberra, Australia.

René loves the challenges of Industrial Design, finding a way to improve peoples lives with a product that satisfies a need and that can be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. He also feels strongly about the responsibilities implicit in a career that he believes has a big impact in shaping the world we live in. 

Currently an Industrial Designer at Australian product design company Formswell Design, he is involved in a diverse range of design work in industries from sports, outdoors, homewares, government and more.


2018 - Vivid Design Competition Finalist.
2017 - Mercedes-Benz Design Award Finalist.
2017 - Belle Alessi Design Award Winner.
2016 - ACT Australian Government Bike Rack Design Competition Winner.
2016 - Vivid Design Competition Finalist.
2015 - Vogue Living Alessi Emerging Designer Award Winner.
2014 - Reece Bathroom Innovation Award Student Finalist.
2014 - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) Student Ergonomics Award (Industrial Design).
2014 - Design Institute of Australia Professional Encouragement Award (Industrial Design).


2019 - Denfair (Furnished Forever) - Convention Centre, Melbourne.
2019 - Elasticity - Hosted by ‘Alt Material’ for Melbourne Design Week.
2019 - Home.Grown (Furnished Forever) - Hosted by the ‘Authentic Design Alliance’ for Sydney Design Festival.
2018 - Denfair Front | Centre - Convention Centre, Melbourne.
2017 - Workshopped17 - Supa Centa Moore Park, Sydney.
2017 - Denfair Front | Centre - Convention Centre, Melbourne.
2016 - Workshopped16 - Supa Centa Moore Park, Sydney.
2015 - Workshopped15 - Supa Centa Moore Park, Sydney.
2015 - Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s Emerging Contemporaries, Canberra.


2012 - 2015
Bachelor of Industrial Design - University of Canberra.