The Wall Street Journal is proud to report that the bidet — a French-borne object of fear, repulsion, disdain, and a million and one bad potty jokes — is finally having its "moment" in high-end residential bathrooms across the U.S. The Journal explains: "Now there's increased demand spurred by foreigners planting roots here and Americans experiencing bidets when abroad. Plus new technologies are breaking down the bidet barrier, primarily by incorporating bidet functions into the primary toilet, thus doing away with the need for that unfamiliar second basin. Many of the new hybrids have built-in dryers, eliminating the need for toilet paper, and proponents say the result is more hygienic, effective and eco-friendly."

Gawker shares a video of merry Norwegian pranksters/fox linguists Ylvis playing a mean, cruel, no-good, very bad, slightly sadistic trick on unsuspecting IKEA shoppers. Seriously, this is the stuff of nightmares — I'd be curled up in a fetal position, rocking myself and crying after 30 seconds.

Curbed delves into the "horror and delight" that is Golden Oak, a gated community (popular with Brazilians, apparently) adjacent to Walt Disney World.

TreeHugger thinks that BuildingGreen's picks for the top 10 green building products of 2013 are a bit sexier than last year's crop.

EcoBuildingPulse takes a closer look at Shelton Group's annual Energy Pulse survey and is left wondering if Americans are just talking a big when it comes to actually embarking on/investing in energy-saving home improvement projects. It's obvious that a large amount of homeowners are concerned about energy-efficiency but how many are putting their money where their mouths are?

Gizmodo checks out what very well might be the smartest hotplate ever invented: the EcoSwitch from GE and Frog Design.

Jezebel talks lint shavers, sweater combs, and safety razors in the latest installment of Ask a Clean Person. The topic? Keeping your favorite cozy, housebound-in-the-middle-of-the-winter accessories clean and pill-free.

Co.Exist digs BioCellar, a project that involves transforming the basement of an abandoned — and demolished — home in blight-heavy East Cleveland into an off-the-grid urban greenhouse teeming with crops to help feed the surrounding community. 

Designboom oogles a new Philippe Starck-designed wireless household thermostat for Netatmo that's designed to save users a bundle on energy costs while lookin' mighty pretty.

Sunset wrangles up a lovely bunch of Left Coast prefabs including modular residences in Joshua Tree, Berkeley, and Venice Beach.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Thermostats, hotplates and high-design bidets [Weekend link clump]
This week: Philippe Starck does wireless thermostats, GE unveils one hell of a hotplate and Americans finally warm up to the idea of bidets.