GOMO: Vietnam’s First World Class Furniture Shop

By: City Pass Guide

Gomo Shop is single-handedly proving that Vietnam is fully capable of producing furniture that meets Western standards, and is affordable for a wide range of local customers.

Gomo, a family-run mid-high range furniture shop, is producing modern and trendy furnishings and accessories of international quality. Natural white oak is imported from America, and paired with locally sourced materials to handcraft some of HCMC’s best quality home decor. Including sofas, bedroom, dining and living room sets, and an impressive selection of gorgeous hardwood items, their four level 1,500m2 shop is the first of its kind.

Locally Producing European Certified Furniture

With a primary focus on contemporary European styles, Gomo carefully works with their 31+ suppliers and international designers to yield furniture that is made in Vietnam, but is of world class quality. While most other local suppliers of international grade furniture export the bulk of their inventory, Gomo prefers to keep their items in Vietnam in order to provide home decoration options available to the HCMC community, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the refined tastes of European style furniture.

By employing only the best craftsmen and keeping a close eye on the handmade manufacturing techniques, Gomo Shop is able to offer a wide range of solid oak, walnut, and acacia items while maintaining a sharp focus on ecological sustainability. By meticulously guiding the factories in production methods, and training workers on how to follow standard procedures, buyers are guaranteed safe and highly durable home furnishings. Through this unique operation process, and by using local textiles, they are able to assemble quality pieces with a much wider price range than expected. Gomo has proven to itself and its customers, that Vietnam actually does have the ability to produce high end products on par with any Western product.

“Tailor” your Own Room

Unlike other furniture companies in the city, Gomo offers knowledgeable guidance to those who would like to personally select and piece together the interior decor of their home. If you don’t have an architect to help you browse, Gomo can suggest design ideas, and also provide unique full room packages. You may also opt to bring in the blueprint of your house, and let the in-house staff help you utilise the space in the most efficient and creative way possible. In regards to sofas, you may also customise your piece by choosing the colour or fabric in order to match previously bought furnishings around your home. For sizable commercial orders for restaurants, hotels or other kinds of establishments, full customisation can be applied as well.

How to Enjoy Your Home More

Decorating your own home is something that is vastly overlooked in Vietnam, and this kind of approach to living can be a very new concept to many. The Gomo team is dedicated to shedding light on this Western way of shopping, as it can end with a very rewarding result. Jordan Dariosecq, the shop manager, carefully guides his customers through his colossal collection of unparalleled solid white oak masterpieces as he helps his customers realise the full potential of the Vietnamese furniture industry. He and his team understand that personally decorating and hand selecting furnishings that you like can bring home owners a sense of personal satisfaction they have never experienced before. By following the hottest trends, consumers can always get the sense that they are one step ahead of the game.

What’s Hot?

Solid white oak furniture and high quality sofas are the hottest items here. Gomo’s pool of international designers are always ahead of the most modern European trends, and they successfully bring these design patterns to Vietnam for local production.

Just by simply strolling through the shop you can smell the fresh oak and give the elegant feather filled sofas as test. You will quickly see that the quality inarguably speaks for itself. There are no other established Western certified furniture businesses who can cater to the needs of both the Vietnamese and the expat communities in this way. Gomo has been at it since before the high end furniture market existed, and will continue to pave the way for future interior design styles.

For more information, please contact their shop at:

Address: 7/30B, National Road No.13, Binh Hoa District, Binh Duong Province;

Tel: +84 650 3765 115;

Website: www.gomo.com.vn

Facebook: GOMO Furniture

Photos by Dinh Thinh


Finding Furniture in HCMC

By: City Pass Guide

Some time ago, you couldn’t find quality furniture in Ho Chi Minh City - there were fewer malls, fewer local furniture makers, and anything of quality was made for export only.

These days, finding furniture is getting easier. For example, you can find valuable items still left over from when the French were here. There’s about five to six great “junk shops” around HCMC that sell quality colonial French furniture.

Photo by: Jara D&B

Treasure at the Junk Shop

Junk shop brokers scout the country, pursue old properties and buy all the old furniture - wardrobes, chairs, and an assortment of other furnishings - then repurpose it and paint it. Basically, taking old bits of furniture and turning them into creative new domestic products. At these shops, you can get items like aged French pharmaceutical chests and redecorate them - these compartments are ideal for storing small things like jewellery, kitchen cutlery, or other personal items. You have the chance to piece together an assortment of selected items to create your own unique style of interior wooden decor. One such shop is Mr. Au’s, located at 122 Pasteur, across from Saigon Centre and past the rusting gates.

You can also easily attain old shipping pallets and, with a bit of creativity, turn them into attractive pieces of furniture. If you don’t want to spend lots of money to decorate your home, this is really manageable way to make your space look good on a budget.

The Overlooked Wood Street

There’s also wood street (on Ba Hat, stretching from D5 to D10), where you can give the carpenters a design and they will replicate it out of Vietnamese redwood. Most people that walk down wood street might think it’s nothing notable - like scissor street, boot street or safe street . But when you actually go in and visit these shops you can see everything, including laser cut wood with intricate latticework, big chunks of wood being repurposed into everything imaginable, old furniture being restored, and so on.

You can do things like take a nice piece of old wood and have them cut it to size, restore it and then make it into a proper table. You’ll find everything from giant slabs of wood to thin sheets here - and you can utilise them as you see fit. Most of it is Vietnamese redwood, which is extremely hard and sturdy. As you can see, all this requires a bit of work and imagination.

Finding Modern Furniture in HCMC

Quality furniture depends on the wood, as well as how it’s been dried. In the past, this was a big issue and wood was not dried well. This caused furniture to break apart over time. Nowadays, there has been much progress in this regard. There’s great furniture being made here, and although not prevalent, there are definitely stores to check out.

Photo by: Jara D&B

Reasonably Priced Furniture: For more reasonable prices, Nha Xinh (25 Tran Cao Van, D1; 111 Ton Dat Tien, D7) and Hoa Phat (121 Nguyen Cuu Van, Binh Thanh District; 391 Dien Bien Phu, D1) are good options for those on a smaller budget.

For IKEA-style furniture in Ho Chi Minh City, visit Uma (428 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D1) and Index Living (Vincom Mega Mall, No. 159 Hanoi Highway, Thao DIen, D2) at one of their many locations. Here, the pieces are cheap and cheerful, but made from lower quality materials.

Photo by: Jara D&B

Local Mid-High End: Saigon River Factory (Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, D2) is one of Saigon’s well established companies that make furniture out of alabaster and concrete. District Eight Design (E4/52 National Highway 1A, Binh Tan District) is also a delightful find. They craft all their furniture from reclaimed wood and produce tables and desks, seating, and games like foosball tables, pool tables, shuffleboard sets and other items. Gomo Shop (7/30B, Road 13, Binh Hoa Commune, Binh Duong) is one of the leading mid-high end retailers specialising in modern and trendy European style furniture. There’s also Linh Furniture (67 Xuan Thuy) and Decosy (112 Xuan Thuy), as well as Austin Home Interiors (42 Nguyen Dang Giai) - all in Thao Dien, D2.

Photo by Gomo Shop

Imported High End: Although it’s getting easier to acquire imported furniture because of new malls, you will bear the burden of the heavy import tax, as a sophisticated sofa can hit you for around VND200-300 million. The Times Square Building (22-36 Nguyen Hue) has several furniture stores on the ground floor that have some of Italy’s most well-known and respected brands - and probably the most expensive in Ho Chi Minh City.

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