There’s A Reason Why Monica’s Apartment Was Purple, Guys
Do you ever watch Friends and just think… ‘purple, wow, that was a bold choice.’
If you do, guess what… you’re right. It was.
Fourteen years since the beloved show ended, we can still remember the layout of that apartment as though it was the place we’d grown up in our whole lives (and didn’t we, in a way?).
We can see Monica’s French painting above the TV, the cosy looking sofas that were definitely NOT from the same set, and those iconic purple walls that became home to all six of the best friends.
But that purple wallpaper in Monica’s apartment was not a decision made lightly, and NOT a decision made without backlash.
John Shaffler, set designer, revealed to Great Big Story just why he chose the standout, daring colour to paint the walls.
When he suggested the colour purple, he explained that everyone, including the show's producers Martha Kaufman and David Crane, were "really anxious" about the idea. That was, until he painted a little model set of the apartment to show them how it would look.
John, who has also created sets for famous shows like The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men, knew that:
“Colour is really important in establishing the show identity.”
Which is why the bold choice was so important to him:
“When you switch to Friends, you see that it is purple and you stay tuned."
He’s not wrong! But we also stay tuned because it’s like, the best sitcom ever.
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