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You might be interested in Nifty: http://nifty-gui.lessvoid.com/

It's hardly any "best practice" or "standard", but it looks like people are managing to ship projects with it. Performance is reasonable; on the inside, it's openGL via lwjgl.

Another option is libGDX: http://libgdx.badlogicgames.com/

Their presentations appear to be oriented largely around games, but the parts could be used for a desktop application just as well. There's a number of mobile games in both the app stores using it.

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