Our History

Click through the constellation points below to cruise through ATOMIC’s history.

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Year 1984

The 70's and 80's

Our Roots

Tom McPhillips begins painting backdrops and scenery for theater, opera and television productions, opening his own studio in 1976. Before long he branches out and begins designing for live shows and music videos by Culture Club, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and many more!

The 90's

Our Philosophy Catches On

Tom’s work is seen on tour and in the studio with some of rock n’ roll’s biggest artists: Michael Jackson, The Who and Paul McCartney. Even better, his designs become known in the industry for their ease of use, fast set-up, creative construction techniques and innovative materials.


Atomic Is Born

Tom moves to the U.S., and launches a set construction shop to build his iconic designs. ATOMIC is born: “A Tom Mc” Phillips Design.

The Mid 90’s

Video Killed The Radio Star

As the video era takes off, ATOMIC begins providing design and construction for music videos, awards shows and televised concerts including hundreds of episodes of MTV Unplugged and A&E Live by Request.

The 00’s

Atomic Goes Corporate

Corporate marketers turn to ATOMIC for help creating pop-up stores, immersive brand environments and live experiences that engage their fans. Over time, Nike, Target and Victoria’s Secret join the ATOMIC client list, alongside Turner Television and CBS Networks.


Atomic Rental is Born

ATOMIC launches a rental division and begins shipping creative, modular scenery and soft goods all over the world. Interchangeable products and endless combinations help designers make any event an ATOMIC event. Packs small, plays BIG is born!


Production Accelerates

The ATOMIC production team grows and officially gets rolling producing top-notch events from some of the world’s biggest brands.


ATOMIC Celebrates

ATOMIC celebrates 20 years in business!


Here We Are!

We’ve come a long way… and with the help of our awesome employees, partners, clients and friends we look forward to doing what we love – for people we love – for many years to come!