When it comes to decorating an apartment in your early 20s in New York, there are few better examples than the living rooms of Friends (except, of course, for the fact that they had much, much more space…).
Ahead of the show’s 25th anniversary (how?!), Friends set designer Greg Grande chatted with People about how exactly he and his team created some of the show’s most iconic interior design looks. He also revealed the real story behind all of those Etch A Sketch messages. All we can say is finally.
You might remember the Etch A Sketch on the back of Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) door for its silly cartoon drawings or notes like “Joey, call Estelle!” It turns out that each message was a little inside joke between the cast and crew.
Grande recalled, “We had one of the crew members on the show who was actually really good at doing that Etch A Sketch, so every week he’d create a new drawing and an in-house story that pertained to that week for some reason or another. It wasn’t necessarily for any story point, but maybe something that had happened in rehearsal. Every week that changed too.”