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The premise of Ikea's "One Room Paradise" music video seems straightforward: As a little girl plays with her dollhouse (doll apartment complex, to be precise), the dolls come to life and give us a glimpse of their happy existence in a small but perfectly (Ikea-furnished) single-room home. But before you can say "Ektorp," the girl's fantasy world becomes infinitely more complicated.
After initially appearing to be a sort of Barbie Dream Apartment situation—a pretty plastic doll wakes up in the morning, opens her closet full of trendy shoes, gets dressed in a pink tracksuit—the story veers, intentionally or not, into social commentary.