Pottery Barn Announces “Friends” Furniture Collection to Celebrate Show’s 25th Anniversary
It’s been 25 years since the cast of beloved NBC sitcom Friends first gathered in the living room of Rachel and Monica’s unrealistically spacious New York City apartment, and 15 years since the last episode aired. But Friends mania doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon — especially in the wake of news that the show is about to disappear from Netflix.
Fans who are still in love with Friends and its characters after all these years can now outfit their homes in Friends-inspired style with a forthcoming collection of home goods from Pottery Barn. That includes the famous apothecary table featured in episode 11 of season 6, aptly named “The One With the Apothecary Table.”
You might say this episode was an unplanned experiment in product placement with an extra long shelf life, as the words “Pottery Barn” are uttered no fewer than 18 times in its 22 minutes. Rachel has a dark wooden coffee table delivered, and when it arrives, Monica warns her of her roommate Phoebe’s burning hatred for the retail chain. So Rachel passes off the table as a flea market find “from the days of yore,” leading to a typical succession of misadventures.
The jig is up when Ross buys his own identical Pottery Barn apothecary table, and in the end, Phoebe decides she loves the brand after all. Though it was said to cost $500 on the show, the new version of the table is already on sale in the current Pottery Barn catalog with a price tag of $1,099.
The brand maintains that it didn’t pay to have its name or products mentioned on the show, and was happy to donate the apothecary table for use in the episode. But they did admit that every time that episode airs in syndication, their phones light up with catalog requests, calling it “the gift that keeps on giving.”
A landing page for the new Pottery Barn Friends Collection is mum on details, so if you want to know more, you’ll have to check back or sign up for email updates. It’s set to be officially unveiled on July 30, and will reportedly include 13 other items like Central Perk mugs ($14.50), a tasseled pillow embroidered with “Welcome Friends” in the series’ familiar font ($49.50), an ornamental birdcage, a console table, a desk and other furniture, accessories, and tabletop items.
Pottery Barn is also offering two Friends fans the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles for a private tour of the Warner Bros Studios to see the iconic Friends set, along with a $1,000 Pottery Barn shopping spree.
If you still haven’t binge-watched Friends (again) and have been meaning to, you might want to get a jump on that in the next year or so, as Netflix’s contract to air the show expires in 2021. TV studio WarnerMedia owns the rights to it and may be reclaiming them — along with those of its other big property, The Office — for its own yet-to-be-announced streaming service.