Monica’s Greenwich Village apartment on “Friends” was an eye-catching shade of purple for one specific reason.
“Color is really important in establishing the show identity,” “Friends” set designer John Shaffner said to Great Big Story. “When you switch to ‘Friends,’ you see that it is purple and you stay tuned.”
Shaffner said that he really had to fight for his vision of a bright violet home for Monica, but that he was eventually able to convince the rest of the crew with the help of a scaled-down version. The purple walls stood out from the colors chosen in the living spaces of the other sitcoms on air at the time, he reasoned.
“Nobody likes change until I painted the little model (apartment) purple,” he said.
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The designer also revealed his thinking behind including the back hall door to what eventually would be revealed as Monica’s secret hoarder closet in season eight.
“One of the responsibilities of a production designer is to look into the future,” he said. “We put a door all the way up this hallway and we really didn’t say where it went to. I said, ‘Why don’t we just wait and see where the story is taken?'”
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