Check out these incredible renders that imagine Monica’s apartment throughout history. Or at least most of the past century.
Most of us have fond memories of Rachel, Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, and even Ross, being generally horrible people in a cozy New York apartment with a cheerful laugh track in the background. Some of the show took place in Central Perk, the fictional downtown coffee house, but most of it took place in Rachel and Monica’s West Village apartment.
Friends began in 1994 and the apartment’s decor remained relatively unchanged for its decade-long run: a mishmash of clashing colors and styles throughout the latter part of the 20th century. It looked like what you’d expect from a New York apartment back when renting in New York was still fiscally possible for anyone but the ultra-wealthy.
Ok, maybe it was still too expensive to have a downtown apartment back in the day. Nobody has ever accused the cast of Friends of being fiscally responsible.
But what if the show didn’t take place in the cultural melting pot of the mid-to-late ‘90s? What if it took place in, say, the late 1940s?
Thanks to Angie's List we don't have to imagine. Cue the imagination bubbles.
Here we have Monica’s apartment if it were just after World War II. At this point, all those factories that had been churning out guns and bombs started making other things like home appliances and furniture, which you see mixed in with the older looking coffee table and ugly yellow chair.
In the 1950s, everything is bright lighting and pastel colors. Not the patterned linoleum floor and recently updated stove, but the fridge remains the same. Mid-century modern designs focused more on organic forms thanks to improved manufacturing techniques, which resulted in more curved and shapely furniture.
But not as shapely as they were in the 1960s. The decade that brought The Beatles and the Vietnam War was all about lucid bright tones and bizarre shapes. The space race influenced lighting with large, domelike bulbs, and even though this room doesn’t have shag carpets we just know they were in Joey’s apartment.
The ‘70s brought things back down to Earth with some darker colors and more hardwood furniture, but we’re still seeing the psychedelic influence in the lighting fixtures. Note the large sofa and top-mounted freezer.
Finally, the ‘80s seem almost severe, like a regression back to the ‘20s and ‘30s. Colors are muted, the chairs are high-backed, and the white appliances match the marble countertops. We’re almost glad that Friends didn’t take place in the ‘80s, otherwise, it’d be a vastly different show.