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Carsten grew up in mostly landlocked Germany where a strong design tradition compensates for a lack of ocean. He studied visual arts and design in the Bauhaus tradition at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart, before moving to London to obtain his Master’s degree and begin work in Less Rain’s London office as Creative Director. He has held this post for more than 7 years.
Carsten is an enthusiastic student of Japanese culture and language although he has already discovered that he doesn’t like fish because it just tastes too fishy. He nevertheless wields his chopsticks with relish and is preparing to dive into the sea of Japanese experience and gather its pearls.
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Luis, London (Relocated to Barcelona)
Prone to hyperactivity as a child, Luis once surf down the exterior of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Perhaps this close contact with the art world was the impetus behind his decision to do his undergraduate studies in fine art.
One very windy day, Luis re-attempted the stunt in a parachute and was blown over to the LR Resort where he landed in the kiddie paddling pool. No one was hurt and everyone was so amused that Luis was hired on the spot as activities coordinator. His main task is organising the weekly cliff-diving expedition, which we see as a kind of in-house Darwin Awards.
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Into every resort a little rain must fall, and that’s why every resort has a laid back and dashing Tom Cruise-esque bartender, technical director, head developer and account manager.
Thomas’ natural good looks and inscrutable smile encourage friends and strangers alike to spend hours idly chatting and spilling their hearts to him under an impression of warm acceptance. Naturally this affords a huge competitive advantage: disgruntled visitors slur and sink closer to the bar, exposing their discontentment, while Thomas takes surreptitious notes on cocktail napkins which he delivers to Captain Lars at dawn.
Long after sunrise, the guests awake with pounding headaches to find their dreams and wishes have been realised and they can barely remember what they ever imagined lacking at LR…
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Born to a fishing family in the harbor city of Rostock, Torsten often gazed into the waters, following the movement of the fish as they darted and wove elegantly beneath the waves.
It wasn’t long before he was performing his undulations by night for the lonesome sailor’s wives, until one day a computer washed up on the beach and Torsten took it home and nurtured it back to health. By some fortuitous in-born talent, he was able to apply the same quick, darting movements to the keyboard and fluid elegance to coding that had already won him so many admirers.
Nowadays, Torsten may spend his days behind a desk, but his nights still belong to the wild waters of the dance floor.
As a young child playing make-believe Olympic games on the streets of Volos, Greece, Vassilios aka Captain Billy developed his competitive spirit and speed which is still much admired in resort circles.
After wetting his ears studying Computer Science studies at the University of Patras, and many tumbles from various metaphorical banana boats, Captain Billy sped off to London where he received his MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University.
Co-founder of Less Rain, Vassilios’ stunt-jumping and steering prowess eventually led to his current position as the London Captain, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that things only capsize when they’re supposed to.
After a pastoral childhood in Germany, followed by rigorous, if serene, design studies at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart and at FH in Duesseldorf, young Lars set out for London. Needless to say, the big city was a bit of a shock for the sheltered youth, and he clung to a sentence he saw spray-painted on a wall: “The beach is beneath the streets”.
Perhaps his strained mind misinterpreted the meaning, or perhaps it was genius, but by the time he had finished his Master’s in Interactive Design, Lars had isolated himself in a windowless basement in Hackney where he began to slowly work on wearing away the crumbling infrastructure around him.
Once he had accumulated quite a little pile of plaster dust, sensory deprivation gave way to powerful visions and the Less Rain resort was born. Soon others heard his call, spread by the messages in bottles he set free in the London sewers.
His followers sent a flock of tucans to rescue him and in no time LR resorts sprouted up in Berlin and Tokyo, places of leisure, sunshine and cheerfulness where everyone could build their own sandcastle without fear of a bully coming along and stomping all over it.