- Warner Bros. Television is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Friends with 30 replicas of the show’s iconic orange couch.
- The fabric and waterproof versions will be found at landmarks around the world.
- West Village residents are pushing back against one of the orange couches being placed near 90 Bedford St.—an address popularly associated with the show.
The Friends takeover continues: If you already own an apothecary table from Pottery Barn, a charm bangle from Alex and Ani, and you’re sipping on limited-edition Central Perk coffee, you’re going to want to locate one of the 30 replicas of the Central Perk sofa popping up around the world.
In honor of the iconic show’s 25th anniversary, Warner Bros. Television is giving fans a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most recognizable props from the ‘90s sitcom: the orange sofa from the Central Perk coffeehouse.
From the Grand Canyon to the Empire State Building to the Eiffel Tower, fabric and waterproof versions of the sofa will commemorate Friends, according to USA TODAY. “If you had told me that we’re going to come up with a show that, 25 years later, one piece of furniture is so iconic you could put it in the Empire State Building and you’d know what it is, it’s beyond surreal,” co-creator David Crane told the outlet.
Originally airing its first episode on September 22, 1994, the NBC hit show quickly gained an unprecedented fandom that extends past the United States and stretches across generations. But the press stunt has received pushback from West Village residents who aren’t interested in having one of the sofa on a sidewalk near 90 Bedford St.—the address popularly associated with Monica’s purple apartment—which already experiences regular foot traffic from passing tourists.
Here are the locations you can find the replicas:
- Empire State Building (New York)
- Friends Pop-Up Experience (New York)
- Tribeca Television Festival (New York)
- Grand Canyon (Arizona)
- Maggie Daley Park (Chicago)
- Willis Tower (Chicago)
- Jackson Square (New Orleans)
- Klyde Warren Park (Dallas)
- Reunion Tower (Dallas)
- US Bank Tower (Los Angeles)
- AT&T stores (Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Anchorage, Alaska; Mall of America in Minnesota)
- Toronto International Film Festival
- The London Eye (U.K.)
- Abbey Road (London)
- Venice International Film Festival (Italy)
- Stonehenge (U.K.)
- Ross Fountain (Edinburgh, Scotland)
- Cardiff Castle (Wales)
- Potters Field/Tower Bridge (London)
- Triton Fountain (Rome)
- Royal Palace (Madrid)
- Sony Center (Berlin)
- Jardin du Palais Royal (Paris)
- Burj Khalifa (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
- Comic-Con Africa (Johannesburg)
- Bogota, Colombia
- Mexico City
- Sao Paulo
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US