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Dismountable rest chair, photographed on June 15th, 1922. This rest chair designed for the beach or countryside had the special charac¬teristic of being "completely dismoun¬table into small elements that could easily fit inside a travel bag, a suitcase or be tied up by a small strap to form a compact package". The backrest and seat’s fabric could also be used for its transportation. The lightweight and elegant chair was made up of two pieces of fabric: the longer one formed the backrest and seat, while the smaller one reinforced the seat section. The patent filed by Jean-Marie Congin on June 21st, 1923, was granted on December 22nd, 1923, and published on March 25th, 1924. He explained how it worked: “Two pieces of fabric are stretched on a frame of horizontal and vertical crossbars. They can then be assem¬bled with four tapered legs using metal corner pieces and one or more clamping sleeves.” Office national des recherches scientifiques et industrielles et des inventions.