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Hedwig Rotter - mano design

mano design is the name that product designer and artist Hedwig Rotter chose for her label.

She uses the meaning of this name (derived from the Latin “manus” – hand) as the basis of her programme. Hedwig Rotter’s particular interest is in high quality porcelain. With sovereign skill she explores the entire range of possibilities offered by this fragile material, plays with traditional forms, and constantly makes new demands on the delicate porcelain.

All mano products are handcrafted in a series of elaborate processes in Rotter’s own manufactory in the Ottakring district of Vienna. The wide range of products includes tableware, living accessories and light objects. Products from porcelain’s long tradition are reinterpreted and translated into a modern, functional idiom. Humour and the value that can be added to a product play a major role in this process.

mano products are developed from careful observation of habitual patterns of behaviour, which are then positioned in a new context.

They tell new stories.

mano design objects are for people who love things that are both, individual and special.


born 1962 in Carinthia.

Lives and works in Vienna
1990 - 1996 University of Applied Arts in Vienna
Master class for product design at Matteo Thun
1995 Escola de disseny Elisava in Barcelona
Industrial design at Ramon Beneditto
1996 Diploma with distinction
Afterwards freelance work in the fields of art, graphic and web design
2002 - 2007 Ceramic studio "nono pd - no nonsens" with Anne Wolf
2004 member of "rasalab"
2007 foundation of "mano design"

Awards and competitions

Nomination Design & Crafts Collection Art Aurea

FORM 2008. Decorate Life - Frankfurt

Int.Biennial for Ceramique Contemporaine - Vallauris 2006

ETH world virtual and physical presence

DESIGN. NOW AUSTRIA - Lisbon, 100% design

Earls Court - London

Hoesch Design Award

OMV contest, Maggi edition

Award of the Federal Ministry of Science, Transport and the Arts

Exhibitions - Fairs


Design Palazzo Austria - Milano

Mirror - Mirror - Carinthia

Wohnen & Interieur  2023 - Vienna

Potz & Blitz 2022 - Vienna

Blickfang 2021 - Vienna

Potz & Blitz 2019 - Vienna

Biennale Interieur Kortrijk 2018 - Belgium

Back Ahead - Salone del mobile Milan

Zagreb Design Week

Austrian Design Explosion - European Capital of Culture 2016 Wroclaw

One more cup. Handwerksform Hannover

Ceramics & Porcelain - Vienna

Blickfang - Vienna

Dutch Design Week - Eindhoven

Designblok - Prague

Ambiente - Frankfurt

Austrian Design Details - Milan

Designer of the Month - MQ-Point Vienna

Design meets lifestyle - Stockholm

Tendence Lifestyle "Talents" - Frankfurt
Le Gourmet - Special Show Leipzig

Einfach Spitze - Handwerksform Hannover

"mak (e) blue" MAK Design Shop - Vienna

Design Linz - Desingcenter Linz

Spot on Vienna - 100% design in Tokyo

Spring exhibition Orangerie Laxenburg

PureAustrainDesign landing in New York - ICFF New York

PureAustrainDesign landing in London

Galerie Unart - solo exhibition

International Biennale for Ceramique Contemporaine - Vallauris

"Positions 2" Castle Goldegg - Salzburg

design 3. H.O.M.E. Depot - Vienna

DESIGN.NOW AUSTRIA - World Fair Lisbon

"100% Design" - DALSOUPLE, Earls Court - London

"No.nonsens" solo exhibition gallery per arte

International Furniture Fair Cologne - Passagen

Publications and catalogs


falstaff Living&Designguide 2023, finding forte 2022, Möbel&Designguide 2022, Charmante Shops in Wien - 2021, #tdzg - Zagreb Design Week

fragiles - Gestalten Verlag, trendbook Bloom`s 2009, SPOT on WIEN 2009, fena. style Bible 2008, Céramique Contemporaine Biennale Internationale 2006


design report, Standard, Presse, Kurier, falstaff, Gusto, freundin, Atrium, AZW, Schöner Wohnen, Deco Home, Home & Garden, look,

Maxima,China Ceramic Illustrade, H.O.M.E., and much more.

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