Wednesday 17 October 2018

This is why Monica's apartment was painted purple in Friends

(l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Everything happens for a reason - even the design of a television apartment.

After 14  years off air, Friends remains one of the most popular shows on television, an iconic programme still reaching a new generation on Netflix. And one of those signature elements was Monica's purple walls in her apartment, a bold design choice that seemed fitting for the room's unique aesthetic.

Set designer John Shaffner explained that the colour was chosen for a very specific reason, adding that he had to fight to paint the room, saying: "Nobody likes change until I painted the little model [apartment] purple."

In a video explaining his decisions behind the set design, which still inspires apartment designs, his decision was a crucial one which helped ensure success in the show's early days.

"Colour is really important in establishing the show identity,” he explained. "When you switch to Friends, you see that it is purple and you stay tuned".

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