monade is an independent publisher founded by architects. It is used as a platform for the creation of books on architecture, photography, art and thought.

We believe that the book is a strong medium to express complex contents and relations. We believe that the silence of a book is a powerful medium in accelerated times. Working in close relation with architects, artists and writers, we are committed to create innovative books, pushing its limits. Each book is created with a particular attention to its details and form, as an opportunity of gathering relations with different disciplines and materials, widening possibilities of thought. 

Based in Lisbon and Porto, monade is run by Daniela Sá and João Carmo Simões. 


“Let’s suppose that the movement of thought is suddenly blocked – and thus produced in a constellation overloaded with tensions, a kind of shock in return; a shaking that will lead the image to improvise its organization, to construct itself as a monade.” — W. Benjamin

mo·na·de (n.) from Greek μονάς, monas, "unit" in turn from μόνος,  monos, "alone". A simple and irreducible substance, created from the beginning. Something ultimate and indivisible, a single unit or entity. a. (in the metaphysics of Leibniz) an unextended, indivisible, and indestructible entity that is the basic or ultimate constituent of the universe and a microcosm of it. b. (in the philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a basic and irreducible metaphysical unit that is spatially and psychically individuated. c. any basic metaphysical entity, especially having an autonomous life.