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Dezeen is five: most memorable parties

Continuing our fifth birthday celebrations this week, here is the Dezeen team's list of the five best parties we've hosted since we launched in 2006:

Dezeen is five: most memorable parties

One: DezeenBarBasso, Milan, 13 April 2010

Dezeen had a week-long residency at the famous Bar Basso in Milan during the furniture fair last year, kicking off with a memorable party on the Tuesday night that never really ended until we went home the following weekend. Wyborowa Exquisite Wodka provided a vodka bar, Bar Basso owner Maurizio Stocchetto mixed killer cocktails and the whole event (and the Bar Basso story) was immortalised on film.

Milan 2010 was also the year of the Icelandic volcano and on the Thursday night we hosted a volcano party for people stranded in the city. Our friends Anna Bates and Beatrice Galilee turned up in home-made volcano hats, which we thought was a splendid effort. In return they got free cocktails.

Dezeen is five: most memorable parties

Two and three: Dezeen Space opening party/Paul Cocksedge Change the Record party, London, 21 September 2011

This was actually two parties that merged into one. We started off with the opening of Dezeen Space in Rivington Street, Shoreditch - an occasion that doubled as the launch of our Dezeen Book of Ideas. The crowd filled the street and at one point the riot police turned up; but they were very polite and only wanted to make sure we were going to tidy up afterwards. Which we did. There are some shots of the party at the end of this movie. Thanks to Peroni for providing the drinks for this one.

After that we all headed to Concrete nearby for Change the Record, an event we put on together with Paul Cocksedge, who had set up a production line to make smart-phone speakers out of vinyl records. Again, we made a film immortalising the event.

Dezeen is five: most memorable parties

Four: Dezeen Book of Ideas launch, Barcelona, 3 November 2011

We teamed up with Otrascosas de Villar-Rosàs to launch our book in Barcelona and what a great night it was. Host Marc Morro created an installation by ripping one of our books up and sticking the pages on the wall and a very relaxed crowd supped Estrella Damm on the terrace until the neighbours complained. Then everyone came inside and carried on. Guests included Jaime Hayon, Nienke Klunder and their beautiful little baby girl. The film of the party isn't ready yet unfortunately so you'll have to imagine...

Dezeen is five: most memorable parties

Five: Green Design book launch, London, 8 April 2009

The beautiful Boffi showroom on Brompton Road in London was the venue for the launch of Green Design by Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs, and featured the DJing skills of New Young Pony Club's Andy Spence and a fabulous multi-touch installation by Seeper, which projected pages from the book onto the walls.

Bombay Sapphire provided the cocktails, guests included Tom Dixon and Thomas Heatherwick, and Boffi's showroom was briefly transformed into the coolest nightspot in town. Seeper made a film about the event which you can see here.

Here's to many more great parties to come..!