I had a why-didn't-I-think-of-that moment when I saw this because it looks so simple. It's called the Paper Swing, and it's used to dispense rolled paper. The paper swing was developed by a Swedish design company that specializes in children and child development. It resulted from watching children drawing activities in a kindergarten room where kids were drawing on large sheets of paper. So much fun for the kids, economical for the classroom. But doling out the paper is not so convenient, and the kids can't help themselves. Add a dowel and a rope and the problem is solved. According to the description, the swing hangs stable on the table by the weight of the paper alone where it is ready when needed and easily accessible. Tiang Tang is sharing the design for free and you can see the details by clicking here .
Kind of reminds me of the way paper is rolled out in the doctor's office. Makes me want to try it just to see how it works. I have a drill. I know I can find a dowel and a piece of clothesline. I already have the rolled paper. So this project really is free.