I am really starting to like the idea of modern furniture made with reclaimed, weathered and raw wood. I think it helps bring down the blandness of some pieces and warms them up by adding some eye-pleasing texture.
Our next furniture project is going to be floating side tables for our bedroom. Walnut on the outside to match the bed, with spalted maple drawer fronts. The spalted maple swirls (which occur naturally when a maple tree is infected by a fungus) are somewhat soft and spongy, so they need to be sealed and hardened with super glue. Then the wood is sealed with shellac and finally a protective topcoat can be applied. Here's what they will look like: