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Advertised as the ‘auditorium chair bar none’, the so-called row chair was created in 1929 through the cooperation of master carpenter Otto Korhonen and Alvar Aalto. This stacking auditorium chair is ideally suited as furniture in public spaces. It is known to have been used for this purpose for the first time in the Jyväskylä Defence Corps Building (Alvar Aalto 1926-29).


Alvar Aalto 1929


Huonekalutehdas Korhonen Oy

Product number

Earliest product numbers 11 and 12, subsequently 611

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Chair 611, auditorium chair. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

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A children’s version of the chair was developed in 1938. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Variations of the chair 611. Photo: Markku Alatalo, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Childrens Scale exhibition in the Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery. Photo: Maija Holma, Alvar Aalto Museum.

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The stacking chair was marketed as “an excellent practical addition to restaurants and other public interiors”. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

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Chair 611 was also seen in the Wood Only -exhibition at London´s Fortnum & Mason, in November 1933. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

In exhibition

The chair was seen in the exhibition Children’s Scale in the Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery in 2017.