One of the most treasured pieces of furniture I own is a 1960s rosewood sideboard that I picked up for just a few pounds at a local junk shop. Nothing makes a statement in your living room quite like a perfectly styled sideboard. Designs from the 50s and 60s came in beautiful woods ranging from rosewood and teak to maple and cherry, and were intended to be used for storing 'best' china and tableware. Often they came with drawers for cutlery and table linen. The one I own admittedly contains a more eclectic assortment of stuff, as I'm guilty of using it to quickly tidy clutter away out of sight whenever I'm expecting visitors.
They also offer up a useful surface on which to group together and display books, artwork, vases, lamps and other objects. I can't claim that mine is anywhere near as artfully arranged as these beauties... but I'm working on it.