Lars is founder and director of less rain. He holds a master degree in interactive media from Middlesex University, London and a diploma in communication design from the FH Düsseldorf. Lars is a member of the German Art Director’s Club (ADC).
After winning a D&AD award for his first ever website design in 1997 and being invited to the New Talent pavilion in Cannes, he was chosen to represent “digital media” in London´s “Creative Futures” exhibition by top design magazine Creative Review, alongside with Chris Cunningham in the categories film and illustration. Milestone projects include the UX design for BAFTA awarded “Eyes Only” UFO spotting application, and prototyping a news aggregator app together with Samsung in South Korea. His international experience include leading the company for 10 years in London, 4 years in Tokyo and 22 years in Berlin.
Lars spends one month per year in Japan indulging in japanese fashion, interior design products and food. He occasionally posts about his Japan research on the less rain blog.
Growing up next to the beach in a tranquil sunny town near the tip of Boso peninsula in Japan, Juri Kobayashi had a peaceful and rather sleepy childhood until 8 years old when her family moved to Tokyo.