House Interiors of 7 Iconic TV Shows
Updated: Jun 28, 2020
Movies and TV shows has permeated the hearts and homes of billions of people all over the globe, and even those who would not consider themselves fanatics, the popularity of distinct sitcoms is too difficult to overlook. Have you ever wanted to see how these apartments of your favorite TV shows would look like if we add all the pieces together? Is there a virtual walk-through of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet? Or do you want to see the layout of purple apartment of Monica and Rachel?
Spanish interior designer Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde had the same desire, so Aliste began to make renderings for himself and his friend’s favorite sitcoms and has created floor plans for over 20 shows and movies, varying from the apartments in ‘FRIENDS’ to the house in movie ‘UP’! Visualizations and floor plans typically support a project in its infancy and are invaluable when trying to conceptualize interior spaces, but Aliste has equipped them with a completely different purpose, he has added a feeling and nostalgia to them. They exist as something other than functional in his mind and on his page-they are intriguing and vivid. It is a privilege to be able to perceive such frequented abodes arbitrarily in a format usually reserved for future design. They serve as a link to a memory in this way.
So let’s just scroll over and rerun our favorite episode in our head while seeing these floor plans.
How can I not start this series with my favorite one? The iconic purple apartment of girls and across the hall guys’ den- the one where Rosita’s dies, we have literally lived in that apartment through them.
Designed by set designer John Shaffner and Greg Grande at 90 Bedford St, New York, 10014, two bedrooms, one bathroom apartment with balcony and open plan kitchen-dining-living area. Though known as the apartment for Monica, the apartment is actually owned by the grandmother of Ross and Monica, who managed the apartment. The apartment is painted in bright shades of purple and blue with wood flooring throughout. Monica’s bedroom was adorned with country side decor with distressed bed and floral furnishing all over whereas Rachel’s bedroom was more girly with posters from fashion magazine and brands. Both the rooms are in shade of salmon pink. Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey all lived in the apartment at some point throughout the series, with Ross revealing in the final episode that he and his grandmother had spent a summer at the apartment.
Joey and Chandler's apartment in Friends was a sharp contrast compared to Monica’s apartment. Although it was only located across the hall, it was smaller, messier and acted as a peripheral set. Throughout much of the show the framed Laurel and Hardy poster remained, along with some form of barcalounger as central seating, a Magna Doodle on the back of the front door, a French film poster from Les Mysteres de New York, and the infamous 'foosball' table that replaced a dining table in the tan /beige colored apartment of boys.
Sex and the City
Female bond and fashion – the two words that describe the six season of this TV series and two movies. Carrie Bradshaw's Sex and the City Apartment are nearly as important to the show as the four main characters. Different episodes touched on rent-control, home ownership, relocation, expansion and redecoration, and unlike most TV shows, the main character lived in a realistic property of a person of her age and wages in the late 90s.
Designed by the set designer Jeremy Conway, who worked on all the Sex and City seasons, and also the two movies, Carrie's apartment was a blend of styles, from a thrift store to an uptown classic – just like her fashion sense. For Carrie, a small studio apartment setting reflects her economic situation, including a simple toilet, kitchenette a bedroom with sitting room and most iconic walk-in closet for the huge storage of clothes and accessories of the character. Her personality is reflected again in her fashion magazine library, lined with the wall of the apartment, and several framed photographs and art prints litter the side tables and shelves, referring to her creative flair.
The Big Bang Theory
A show that gives insight of nerd’s lifestyle and made them cool onscreen is based on four scientist friends and a new hot neighbor. The apartments set designed by Ann Shea and prop master Scott London, Sheldon & Leonard's apartment has one living room, one bathroom, and two bedrooms with functional kitchen as a part of the living area. Upon entering the flat, the wall on the right houses Sheldon and Leonard's desks and the TV and ends up in the kitchen. To the left, there is a long book shelf that ends at a small cupboard, and the wall itself ends at a large window with a desk and a telescope. The hallway leads to the toilet, as well as the bedrooms of Sheldon and Leonard.
Penny lives across the hall in one bedroom apartment which messier and have no distinct interior style. The apartment is open floor plan consisting of living area and kitchen in the proximity. While entering the right wall has a single door that leads to Penny’s bedroom. In continuation along the wall is a large window with a kitchen table next to it. The toilet in the apartment is a private bathroom located through the bedroom and is the only way to get to the bathroom. There's an island in Penny’s kitchen with chairs and a small window over the sink.
Psychological thriller Dexter keeps viewers on their toes with his moves. The main character Dexter Morgan considers the apartment as its only safe haven and a place to disclose its true self. Dexter's Palm Terrace apartment, seen in almost every first-season episode, is one of the very few Dexter residences that actually exist in southern Florida. Later Brandy Alexander created this Miami apartment set from 2nd season onward.
The apartment building of Dexter is set apart from others, and close to the waterfront. There is a private pool, as well. It seems to be a normal, well-kept apartment on the inside, consisting of a living room, kitchen, study, bathroom, and bedroom. It includes hidden locations, nevertheless. Dexter's blood slide box is hidden inside an air conditioner (where he stashes the trophies of his kills). His killing tools are kept inside a trunk in the bedroom closet. Also, behind a wall is sealed a getaway bag which contains emergency items (e.g. cash, passports).
How I Met Your Mother
How about, just hanging with a bunch of friends in your apartment watching Star Wars, playing Guitar Hero, or maybe taking part in an occasional sword duel? That's how Ted Mosby and the rest of the band lived in the apartment on the Upper West side of NYC most of their free time. This is an apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, with a spacious living room and a functional kitchen. If you can put a piano, a telephone booth, and a couch in a living room where you can also work and play with a sword, that’s a size-able area indeed. Also there is access to the building's roof.
HIMYM set designed by Susan Mina Eschelbach where Ted’s living room is often full of random stuff, but there's always a tan leather couch with a red blanket and the red arm chair with TV area, red is the major dominant color of the interior. Fireplace isn't the focal point of living room, a piano stand beside it which rarely gets used in entire series. Ted’s office is adjacent to window, where a step marked the demarcation of living and work space with bedrooms on both side.
Sherlock TV series is the modern update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s book of the same name, finding the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. Set designed by Hannah Nicholson is a 1 bed-1 bath apartment on the first floor with functional kitchen and large living room and lobby.
Sherlock's London home has distinctive mix of modern and Victorian furniture. Sherlock loves living in a cozy blend of classic and modern architecture. His favorite chair for crime resolution was designed by Le Corbusier in 1959. The luxurious wallpaper that stands so prominently behind his leather sofa is an up-to-date flock design by Zoffany, called 'Navarre' from their 'Nureyev' collection. In the hall, Sanderson's more feminine 'Finches' wallpaper in 'duck egg' welcomes visitors in the whimsical design of the delightful birds. The accessories are eclectic and full of British iconography, including British Isles framed maps and Union Jack retro style cushions.
“I am the one who knocks” or “say my name” or “stay out of my territory”
All these dialogues would have reminded you of Walter Hartwell White from hit crime thriller ‘Breaking Bad’, set in real house at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Set designers Michael Flowers and Marisa Frantz have adjusted and designed props as per story proceeds.
The Breaking Bad House represents the quintessential American way of life. It has a two-car driveway and an unobstructed exterior, an open living / kitchen / dining room with a lush flooring throughout, a long hallway leading to bedrooms and bathrooms, a boiler room, a garage, and so on. The house is quite non-luxurious, but it offers plenty of living space, privacy from neighbors, and even a backyard swimming pool with a barbecue / lounge area. Not too shabby, if you consider about the dreadful financial state in which the White family finds themselves in the first few episodes of the show.