Graduating with great distinction, however, his career did not run smoothly. The practice after his studies did not turn out the way he had imagined. For better or worse, Lieven went to work in the hotel and catering industry. Out of necessity, because what Musschoot had been trained for was not yet taken seriously. Strangely enough, it was his work in the catering industry that would lead to his later breakthrough. Impressed by the design of a jewellery shop in the centre of Bruges, none other than Sergio Herman contacted the designer. Lieven Musschoot drew the distinctive design of Pure C and the interior of Oud Sluis, and closer to home he also designed the interior for several leading restaurants such as Restaurant Lieven, Barsalon Rock-Fort, Tête Pressée, Escabèche (Knokke),… And in 2012 the order book is already well-filled with three restaurants, a disco, two flats, two houses and a dentist’s practice planned.
Under the label ‘styleless’, dmvA makes every possible style its own. In this way, the office immediately removes every limitation and at the same time supports the concept that timeless architecture does not exist. They act as scenario writers, transforming the programme into a screenplay, spaces into sequences and allowing the building to tell a different story every time. They are no mathematical theorists, but designers driven by emotion, commitment, art and sex, resulting in a plastic, thoroughly detailed architecture in which maximalism is achieved in a minimalist manner.