Designing Monica’s Apartment in ‘Friends’

Great Big Story chats with legendary production designer John Shaffner about how he came up with the look and feel of Monica’s apartment and Central Perk in NBC’s long-running 1994-2004 sitcom, Friends.

“There’s no apartment in New York City more famous than Monica’s impossible rent-controlled, two-bedroom West Village digs. From the purple walls to the outdoor terrace, the “Friends” apartment became the quintessential ideal of everything New York could be. That’s all thanks to John Shaffner, the man responsible for creating the set of Friends. As a production designer, Shaffner has worked on 44 different series and 68 pilots, including Dharma and Greg, The Drew Carey Show, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory.”

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