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Amazingly detailed replica of the Friends Apartment made of paper. By artist Bruna Salvador Conforto. She also did a replica of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore's house in Stars Hollow. Made of paper.
posted by sweetkid (35 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Also known as: The One Where an Artist Replicates the Apartment.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:18 PM on June 17, 2013 [6 favorites]


Replica of the apartment, yes. But who is living there? The People magazine with Ellen and Portia getting married is from 2008, but any fool knows Monica and Chandler moved out in 2004.

TOTALLY ruined.

(just kidding, these are incredible)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:18 PM on June 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


Still bigger than any apartment I've ever seen in the city.
posted by m@f at 7:24 PM on June 17, 2013 [7 favorites]


Finally an apartment they could realistically afford!
posted by miyabo at 7:24 PM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


Basically my post title could be a response to all the comments posted so far, haha.
posted by sweetkid at 7:29 PM on June 17, 2013 [11 favorites]


A sad commentary on our collective obsessions.
posted by Max Power at 7:31 PM on June 17, 2013


Maybe after Monica and Chandler move out, they continued to illegally sublet the rent controlled apartment to Carol and Susan, hence the aforementioned lesbian-themed People on the coffee table.

(Actually, I'm proud that this is my life, thank you very much.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:33 PM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


The internet: Providing you an outlet to channel your OCD and photograph it for the web since 1993!
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:39 PM on June 17, 2013


OCD is a mental illness, this is art.
posted by sweetkid at 7:40 PM on June 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


Art takes what it needs.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:51 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Still bigger than any apartment I've ever seen in the city

I've been in an apartment so large I got lost in it but that was some sprawling place in like Yorkville and I was taking a lot of drugs at the time.
posted by The Whelk at 7:55 PM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


I KNOW!!!

Or, as Janice would say, "Oh. My. God."
posted by carmicha at 8:01 PM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Here's the artist at work on their Youtube channel.
posted by codacorolla at 8:05 PM on June 17, 2013


It's time for a Friends reboot in claymation.
posted by mazola at 8:14 PM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's weirdly hard to mentally inject the cast into that papercraft room. Whenever I try to imagine Ross or Chandler in there, I almost automatically imagine an action figure or plasticine version of them. Paper people are fine, but whatever cognitive mechanism I've got for engaging in pretense really rebels at putting real people in a paper replica of a set.
posted by painquale at 8:14 PM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Along those lines, my mind is torn between thinking "This is the most detailed Robot Chicken set ever" and "Yeah, ok, but now do Joey & Chandler's apartment and Central Perk."
posted by sysinfo at 8:26 PM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Could that be any better?
posted by Room 641-A at 8:26 PM on June 17, 2013 [7 favorites]


Excellent attention to detail, although Monica's apartment had parquet flooring, not planks. (though the set seemed to evolve over time, so it's possible it was plank flooring at one point)
posted by ShutterBun at 9:47 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


the apartment first shared by Monica and Rachel, and later Monica and Chandler

Ahem. Technically speaking it was first shared by Monica and Phoebe as was revealed in The One with the Flashback. She moved out furniture by furniture.

I am glad to be among my people so I can share that level of Friends trivia.
posted by like_neon at 1:23 AM on June 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


It's all made out of paper!
posted by Acey at 4:29 AM on June 18, 2013


Seemingly missing: TV Guide for Mrs. Chanandler Bong
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:40 AM on June 18, 2013 [7 favorites]


OCD is a mental illness, this is art.
posted by sweetkid at 10:40 PM on June 17 [4 favorites -] [!]


If nine years after a show goes off the air you are finishing up the construction of a diorama of the complete television set, there may not be an exact specification of that symptom in the DSM - but I can pretty well say you aren't playing with every card in the deck. Maybe you're playing pinochle. Maybe you're playing crazy eights. Either way, if you don't believe me - you've got 9 years to finish your replica of House's medical office. Let me know about your sanity when you are done.

This would be unalarming and cool seven to seventeen years ago when Friends was a lot closer to pop culture. It is still cool, but if you aren't slightly alarmed...
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:34 AM on June 18, 2013


I am glad to be among my people so I can share that level of Friends trivia.

Yep! Somewhere I feel I can observe how the introductory paragraph on the website bugged me because it referenced feeding Marcel and Ugly Naked Guy, but if the apartment has Chandler's and Monica's wedding pictures, then both Marcel and Ugly Naked Guy were long gone by then.

... The Onion AV Club reviewing the show has reeeally made me want to rewatch it from the beginning...
posted by gadge emeritus at 6:45 AM on June 18, 2013


I can pretty well say you aren't playing with every card in the deck.

Oh, please. It's no different than building model airplanes or painting lead wizards. And last I checked, lots of people still do that.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:51 AM on June 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


Yeah, making models of TV show sets seems to be her thing. And she's on Deviant Art, where people do things like that. And she is, like, really good at it.

This meme where people interchange OCD with "really detailed" and "organized" is offensive.
posted by sweetkid at 7:02 AM on June 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


That same dismissive "obviously you are crazy if this is your hobby" attitude can also be aimed at so many other hobbies. Like cosplay, or Civil War reenactors, or fanfic writing, just off the top of my head.
posted by palomar at 7:51 AM on June 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


What would this apartment rent for in Manhattan in 2013, assuming an identical floor-plan and square footage, and a formal (ie, non-sublet) lease?
posted by Gordion Knott at 8:22 AM on June 18, 2013


I for one would love a paper version of the Draper apartment ca. 1968. I love that thing.
posted by sweetkid at 8:23 AM on June 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


If nine years after a show goes off the air you are finishing up the construction of a diorama of the complete television set, there may not be an exact specification of that symptom in the DSM - but I can pretty well say you aren't playing with every card in the deck.

Oh, piffle. Spare me your armchair analysis.

I would assume the artist picked the Friends apartment because it is iconic and constant over most seasons (except when Chandler and Joey won the apartment, and then when Monica and Chandler moved in together and Rachel's room was made over into a guest room).

According to her tumblr page, it only took her 2 years to make, so it's not like she spent the entire original run of Friends plus nine more years of watching reruns to finish her project.

And even if she had, attention to detail is what makes an artist great! She didn't just wake up one day knowing how to do this stuff. What is so often wrongly attributed to innate artistic talent is almost invariably the result of years of perseverance and dedication to the craft. Artists learn by doing, correcting and perfecting their work over time.

I wish I had her focus for papercraft.

I'm creative, and I often come up with ideas for projects. I go into the ADD hyperfocus thing early on and obsess over finding how-to tutorials on the internet, then spend WAY too much time searching for and purchasing the 'perfect' components. By the time it finally comes to execution, I am so eager to have the finished project done I too often rush through the process and try to take shortcuts. So while I end up with something that's perfectly respectable for a beginner, it's not at all what I envisioned. I didn't sustain the focus to keep trying until I got it right.

Now, with my sketching, I've really put in the time over the years, constantly practicing and working to master techniques, because I enjoy the process so much*. When people see what I've done, you know what they always say? "Oh, I could never do that! You must be a natural artist!" *sigh*

*I went through a really tough time when I couldn't sketch for beans, couldn't even concentrate while my thyroid was out of whack and my HDD got out of control. I didn't associate the two until my medication reached the right balance and I realized I wanted to pick up my pencils again.
posted by misha at 8:24 AM on June 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


> It's no different than building model airplanes or painting lead wizards.

ouch
posted by bukvich at 9:17 AM on June 18, 2013


Seemingly missing: TV Guide for Mrs. Chanandler Bong

That made me snort, roomthreeseventeen. Thanks.
posted by fikri at 10:24 AM on June 18, 2013


What would this apartment rent for in Manhattan in 2013, assuming an identical floor-plan and square footage, and a formal (ie, non-sublet) lease?

Easily $4,500+ per month.
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:38 AM on June 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd like to see:

Stannis's castle with the cool map table from Game of Thrones.

Dexter's apartment, complete with special hiding place for blood sample slides.

Boyd Crowder's bar from Justified.
posted by misha at 11:30 AM on June 18, 2013


Or the first floor of the Brady house
posted by ericbop at 6:53 PM on June 18, 2013


Jerry's apartment from Seinfeld.

The Bluth Model Home from Arrested Development. I tried really hard to make one in Minecraft but I just couldn't execute it.

I liked Friends a lot when it first came out. Since I got cable I've been catching it and I realize now how tight the writing is. The show is not everybody's cup of coffee, but it ran for a decade and there are no clunkers; every single episode is good.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:15 PM on June 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


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