That is what a few influential designers were doing in the sixties...
In my opinion some of the greatest furniture designers were at the peak of their game in the 1950s and 1960s. They were pushing boundaries of modernism - focusing on simplifing the object to it's cleanest lines, stripping back handles, ornate leg carvings and embossed motif - to them timber grain became the source of the detail, the texture, and the colour.
Arne Vodder is my favourite mid-century furniture designer. The Danish architect and designer is amongst the most influential. His designs are modest at the core, yet he emphasised patterns in Rosewood or Teak veneer which provided subtle detail and expression - this is a beautiful example of his work.
Another gorgeous manufacturer of Danish modern style is Omann Jun, founded by Andreas Omann in 1933 and remains a family owned business. The sideboards are nothing short of stunning, crafted from rich Rosewood timber with a highly figured grain.
Australia itself is not short of its own very talented and celebrated 1950-1960s furniture designers. The most well-known is likely Parker established by Jack Parker in 1935 in Sydney, and was later joined by his son Tony. The pieces are easy to come by and given the volume produced are not at the pricey end. You're looking at about $600-$1000 for a 60s Parker sideboard.
Fler Furniture was named after its founders Fred Lowen and Ernest Rodeck who started out designing and making wooden salad bowls and lazy susans in Sydney in 1945. Fler's sideboards follow the pared back approach consistent with the era, appearing a little heavier and at times feature metal acsents.
Noblett and Berryman add to the list of Danish inspired Australian furniture producers that only exist through the second hand market. These pieces often come up on Gumtree and Ebay.com.au for around $600-$2000 depending on condition. I have a Berryman (pictured) which i picked up from the lovely Emma and Craig at The Monster at No. 14 - i love the look of it as well as the functionality - it gives me extra storage room next to the kitchen for glasses, recipe books and the Whiskey and Port crystal decanters.
Lastly, Rodd Furniture - my favourite out of the Aussies and the hardest to find. Rodd operated for a brief period in Melbourne during the 1960s, producing amazingly beautiful pieces showcasing Rodd's unique recessed diamond cut out handles. These pieces sell for anywhere from ~$3000, if you can find one.
The only thing that disappoints me about these pieces, are that they are all veneer - Rosewood and Teak veneer were the fashion at the time, and therefore it is near impossible to find a mid-century danish styled sideboard in solid timber.