Wendy Jacob + Theodossis Issaias

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Personal Kingdom

Luke Huntington Palmer, detail from Rumble Seat

Detail from Rumble Seat, 2013; concept, Luke Palmer; drawing, Wendy Jacob and Theodossis Issaias

Personal Kingdom depicts the inventions, collections, and systems of organization conceived by Luke Huntington Palmer (1987 – 2005), and constructed with the help of his parents, Onnie and Andy Palmer, when he was between 5 and 10 years old.

Luke was autistic and had a particular sensitivity to aspects of his physical and social environment, qualities that informed his choices and creative production.

We made the drawings inspired by Wendy’s visits to the Palmers’ house in Huntington, VT, and her conversations with Luke’s parents.

Our aim is to document Luke’s work and to place his ideas in the public domain.

We are presenting the works in accordance with U.S. patent convention, detailing features that are critical to the intent and claims of each invention.

Wendy Jacob, artist
Theodossis Issaias, architect
July 2013, Cambridge, MA

With special thanks to Andy Palmer, Onnie Palmer and Laurie Palmer; and to Phil Malone, Chris Bavitz and Kerry Sheehan at Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.


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Luke Huntington Palmer Office for Hours and Minutes

Office for Hours and Minutes,

Luke Huntington Palmer Rumble Seat

Rumble Seat, 2013

Luke Huntington Palmer Nighttime Observatory

Nighttime Observatory, 2013

Luke Huntington Palmer Communication Hub

Communication Hub, 2013

Luke Huntington Palmer Waterflow Monitor Station

Waterflow Monitor Station, 2013

Wendy JacobSince the early 1990s, artist Wendy Jacob has made work that explores relationships between architecture and physical experience. Her work has involved a range of media and disciplines including pneumatics (walls and ceilings that breathe); furniture design (a series of Squeeze Chairs inspired by Temple Grandin); site-based installations (including tightropes rigged through living rooms); and sound (such as Waves and Signs, a platform for experiments and performances in low-frequency vibration). Jacob’s work has been shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus Graz; Whitney Museum of American Art; and Zero1 Biennial, San Jose, CA, among others. In 2011, Jacob was awarded the Maud Morgan Prize by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Theodossis IssaiasTheodossis Issaias is an architect living in New Haven, CT, originally from Athens, Greece. He was graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens (2008) and holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism from MIT (2011). He has worked as an architect and urban designer in Athens and Boston in offices such as The Organization for Permanent Modernity. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student at the School of Architecture at Yale University. Apart from his work in design, he has collaborated as a performer with various groups and choreographers.