Monica's apartment makeover: What the Friends' living room would look like in the 20s and 70s.
It's Friends' 25th anniversary! We are all familiar with Monica's apartment, from its purple paint to its comfy couch. But what would her apartment look like in the 1970s, or even 1920s? Take a look.
In the roaring twenties, homeowners turned to the first Hollywood films for ideas. Imagine the splendor of The Great Gatsby, which features art deco furniture, and clean, bold lines and glossy surfaces, in a New York waitress’s sixth-floor apartment.
For most Americans, the Wall Street Crash of ’29 meant that simple, natural-looking furniture was an economic necessity. But as Monica always seemed to have plenty of money, we imagined she would have enjoyed new Scandi pieces such as the Alvar Aalto chair pictured on the far right.
Monica’s new tub dining chairs would have kept everyone hanging around the kitchen table all day (if all the free food weren’t enough).
The highlight of a 1950s space would have to be the mid-century modern living room furniture, though we are sure a bold turquoise palette would have brightened up Monica’s apartment!
The psychedelic 60’s! This means an explosion of ‘far-out’ patterns and crazy colors. It's the year Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, too, so Ross would appreciate the space-age lamp.
As the 70’s involved bold, cultural clashes, Monica’s apartment would feature strong furniture colors and a clashing pinstripe wallpaper. We love the Guzzini-style mushroom lamp, though!
Everything got bigger in the eighties: the hair, the appliances, the credit card bills. But Monica seems to have kept it quite subdued with this refined 80’s apartment. But with, the nineties just around the corner it could be time for a new wall color… maybe she should go pick up some purple paint?