I'm all for diamond stitching but when the patterns start to look like they're trying to imitate a CF vinyl pattern, then it all starts to go downhill fast.
The whole point is to not have that high gloss finish on the wood anymore. It makes the wood look cheaper actually. Furthermore, the overly glossy wood ceases to look like wood and starts to look like plastic imitating wood. The natural wood makes it clear that it is actual wood being used.Wood always looks good. Just depends how they go about it.
Not sure if many people would like old looking wood like that, maybe with a piano black high gloss finish it would look more suitable in a 2014+ vehicle.
I think that the piano key black material does look good but this trend for natural wood is battling more against high gloss finishes over actual wood grain. It is more of a counter to this:It seemed to look good to me, doesn't look cheap at all, this mercedes is a good example: