About Us

Who are Forté

Forté are a third-generation family business, supplying an exceptional range of timber flooring, decking and wall covering products throughout New Zealand and Australia. We have the largest stocked range of timber flooring in NZ and offer free samples delivered nationwide. Our product range is inspired by the latest global flooring trends and our brands are all exclusive to Forté in NZ. With over 35 years’ experience in the timber industry, we are widely recognized as the experts in our field.

"Forté - The Timber Flooring Specialist"

Our Mission

What we do

We are committed to providing an exceptional range of timber flooring, wall coverings and decking products that are stylish, innovative and of very high quality. We are constantly scouring the globe in search of new and upcoming timber trends and working with our suppliers to translate them into products that New Zealanders will use and love. We also develop bespoke products for clients to suit their exact requirements.

We work alongside clients on their projects, assisting them every step of the way from product recommendations and measuring plans, through to delivery and installation, to ensure their dreams are brought to realization. We also provide unparalleled knowledge, advice and technical support to ensure the right products are purchased for the job, the required specifications are met, the products are installed correctly and finally, cared for and maintained correctly.

Who we work with

At Forté we enjoy working with a wide range of clients from architects and interior designers and developers, to builders, installers, and homeowners themselves. We are known for our personal and down-to-earth approach, our fantastic wealth of knowledge and our willingness to go above and beyond to please our clients. Click on the image below to find out more.

Why choose us?

Need more reasons to seal the deal? Visit our 'Why Choose Forté' page to find out exactly why we are your best option.

Our background

James (centre) with sons Gaius and Carlo
James (centre) with sons Gaius and Carlo

Current owner James Piesse and his father Kelvin founded Heritage Timbers in the early 1990's which grew to become one of NZ's largest native timber wholesalers. James's father retired in 2007 and soon after the company faced a major recession as well as logging restrictions imposed by the government, making native timbers (the core product line) very difficult to source. The company battled through some very tough years and emerged in 2009 with a new vision - to specialize in timber flooring.

In 2014 the company name changed to Innovate Group Ltd trading as Forté Flooring and grew to become one of New Zealand's largest timber flooring and wall covering suppliers. Fast forward to 2017, Forté is busier than ever and has built up a reputation as the NZ market leader in timber interior products. A rebrand was implemented to reflect our position in the market, and along with a stylish new look we dropped the 'Flooring' to become 'Forte - Timber Interiors'. We now have 15 staff (including 5 Piesse family members), and growing!