A foyer, a spiral staircase, and a walk-in closet are just a few of the details in Dr. Mindy Lahiri’s (Mindy Kaling) apartment that inspire some serious design envy. And even though Mindy’s TV abode isn’t exactly representative of a typical real-world New York City apartment — a foyer, a spiral staircase, a walk-in closet! – production designer Michael Gallenberg says he strives to make the set look as authentic as possible.
“There are probably some apartments in New York that are the size of that empty 10 X 10 foyer… but Mindy’s apartment is intentionally over-sized so that we can get cameras in there to shoot scenes without [having to] tear the set completely apart,” explains Gallenberg. “The apartment is probably a little bit above her means, but not that much. She’s a doctor in her early 30s, so she’s got some money.”