Maker Monday: John Moinzad

By John Moinzad


By Andrew Joseph

Coloradan design star John Moinzad stands out in numerous ways. As a designer and entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Moinzad has led the business side of multiple design brands and Colorado showrooms, designed spaces for celebrity events and private clients, and launched his own furniture line, Forged Modern. John’s multitasking in the industry has led him to be named to House Beautiful’s Top 25 list twice, and his own home crowned Colorado Home of the Year by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles. Apart from his achievements in print, he has dedicated as much effort to charitable efforts as he has to business ventures. As well as founding design businesses, he established Ventanas Behavioral Health Retreat, a sober living community in Denver. Meet John below, and take a look at some of his Forged Modern collection designs.

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Rafters and steel beams are Moizad’s Coloradan take on contemporary.

Fence-like chairs from Forged Modern are a geometric masterpiece and certainly won’t be found anywhere else!

Andrew Joseph: What modern design trends make you cringe?
John Moinzad: First of all trends should be set not followed. Consumers should take the time to identify style, color, fabric selections that most reflect who they are as an individual.

Andrew: Vintage or New
John: Both. Vintage pieces anchor any space and give authentication to any modern designed when mixed accurately.

Andrew: How do you define beauty?
John: Utter uniqueness! Rarity in itself in any element is both beautiful and valuable.

Andrew: Before leaving the house you always…
John: Look for my keys….and then remove at least three pieces of jewelry.

Andrew: Who is the contemporary inspiration in your field?
John: Lapo Edovard Elkahn. He is the Italian heir to Fiat. Lapo is a style ikon in every sense of the word when it comes to trend setting whether it be apparel, automotive, or anything regarding timeless staples mixed with edgy compliments.

About John Moinzad | Colorado-born John Moinzad, is recognized as one of the West’s foremost interior designers as well as voted House Beautiful Top 25 Designers in the nation….twice. For decades John has brought discerning clients together with original one of a kind pieces, artwork, and compliments. Ultimately, John Moinzad is a renaissance man, whose talents and abilities move not only in the world of design, but his entrepreneurial spirit has taken John into the founding of businesses such as JMDH Interiors, TOWN Studio, to the trade showroom in the Denver Design Center, AERA Studios a design studio and showroom in Cherry Creek North, Thorn and French Interior Design, Designer Rubbish and his newest venture, Forged Furniture Modern which is the design and fabrication of commercial and residential furnishings to include outdoor. Forged Furniture Modern was recently shown at AD/Architectural Digest Design Show NY. John is a recognized artist represented by Saatchi Art. John personally designed, furnished, and hosted the celebrity retreat for the Alma Awards Los Angeles, as well as the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. John has also founded Ventanas Sober Living and has participated in such Charites as Global Downs, various Junior Symphony Guild Show Homes, an event supporting M.O.M.Y. (Mothers of Murdered Youth) and others too numerous to mention. John’s personal residence was recognized as Colorado Home of the Year by Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine for 2009.

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Furniture Designer Offers New Path To Those In Addiction Recovery

By John Moinzad

Furniture Designer Offers New Path To Those In Addiction Recovery

DENVER (CBS4) – A local furniture designer is giving those in the recovery community a path to success.

Morris Turner is one of those benefiting from the opportunity.

“I was a drug addict mainly opiates,” Turner said.

For years, the only thing he thought about was getting his next fix.

“You’re really only thinking in the short term there’s no long term goes, all of that goes out the window to be honest,” he said.

Six months ago, all of that changed when he met John Moinzad.

Moinzad an interior designer who combined his work and his own experience with alcohol to help others suffering from addiction.

Every piece of the collection is built by or connected to someone in recovery.

“There’s some emotion behind their work and there is passion behind their work because they have been discouraged for a long time,” he said.

“Quite frankly my career before gave me the ability to change people’s lifestyle, this gives me the opportunity to change their lives,” he said.

He launched Forged Modern, a high-end furniture line, giving those in the recovery community, work, without judgment.

Turner is just one example and says without this connection is not sure where he’d be today.

“It’s drastically different, these days I think a year in advance…well we’ll say six months,” he laughed, “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I try and look forward,” Turner said.

Moinzad also runs a sober living home and all the material he uses is reclaimed or up-cycled.

Together they celebrated the opening of their new showroom on North Broadway.

Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

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By John Moinzad


Forged Modern, forged furniture by locally craftsmen, opened its new showroom at 2314 N Broadway today. The founder of Forged Modern John Moinzad chose the location because of its proximity to Rino Art District, Denver’s epicenter of dining and art galleries.

The profound bespoke furniture collection is built on a triad of business ventures by Moinzad, the sought-after interior designer whose work can be seen at He has expanded his passion for design and healthy living to include two other enterprises:, sober living residential homes for men and women in recovery, and the collection.

The showroom to the trade is also open to the public on First Friday Art Walks in the Rino District.

For information, contact Moinzad at 303-837-9361.

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Forged Modern: Showroom Opens

By John Moinzad

Forged Modern: Showroom Opens

Forged Modern (, Denver’s newest design showroom, opens Thursday, July 12, 2018 with a launch event for the public. The showroom, normally reserved to the Trade, is the newest addition to the hip River North Art District (RiNo) that is regarded as Denver’s epicenter of dining and art experiences.

Forged Modern’s collection of artisan-crafted steel furniture made locally is the culmination of founder John Moinzad’s interior design business Thorn & French and his behavior health retreat operations called

Forged furnishings are conceptualized, designed, engineered, and handcrafted furniture. Produced by local artists and craftsmen who are in the recovery community, the line utilizes reclaimed up-cycled materials and a repository of references to art, fashion and architecture. The result being indestructible custom commercial, residential indoor/outdoor furniture.

The launch party will feature a carefully curated showroom, a zero-proof bar, and delightful ambiance. Forged Modern will leave a lasting impression on not only your mind, but your heart. Working with artists that are in recovery is a passion that John Moinzad discovered after his own life experiences. Now with something that touches every person in today’s society, the positive impact and outlet of Forged is something not only to experience but to embrace.

“From great adversity comes strength. Just as the hardest steel is FORGED in the hottest fires, so too, we humans are forged and strengthened through our own struggles and triumphs,” said Moinzad.

  • Forged Modern Showroom
  • July 12, 2018
  • 7:30 PM
  • 2314 N Broadway, Denver, Co 80205

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